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PlantFiles: California Huckleberry, Evergreen Huckleberry
Vaccinium ovatum

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vaccinium (vak-SIN-ee-um) (Info)
Species: ovatum (oh-VAY-tum) (Info)

Synonym:Vaccinium ovatum var. ovatum

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
4.5 or below (very acidic)
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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5 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive MulchingMan On Nov 4, 2013, MulchingMan from Eugene, OR wrote:

This is a nice-looking evergreen (duh) that has showy new growth and produces really tasty berries. (Too bad they're so small!) As mentioned earlier, they're fussy about transplanting, take a while to establish, and grow pretty slow. They have some drought tolerance once established, but will fry in afternoon sun in interior sites like the Willamette Valley. Best to keep them in shade or partial shade if you're not right on the coast.

Positive GardenDroid On May 15, 2011, GardenDroid from Puyallup, WA wrote:

When I first bought and transplanted this plant, they just about went into stasis for an entire year. I noticed no development or growth at all. I've heard huckleberries do NOT like transplanting, and this experience confirmed this. However, most of them appear to be kicking off this year pretty well. They should be considered a very attractive and long term plant. Beautiful green and red foliage and pretty little pink flower clusters in the spring. I'll probably be moving in a year or two and I'm afraid I should have waited until I was in more of a "dream home" to give them a permanent place.

Positive JohannsGarden On Jan 22, 2011, JohannsGarden from Buckley, WA wrote:

I planted two of these about a year and a half ago. They put on really good growth last spring and summer in the shade. They look good in every season. I'm hoping to try growing them in some other locations in the future (possibly in a hedgerow). The berries were a bit tart when they first appeared ripe, however after letting them stay longer on the plant they sweetened up.

Positive wannadanc On Oct 23, 2007, wannadanc from Olympia, WA wrote:

I transplanted this before I knew that it was supposed to be a difficult task!!! I used a teaspoon to gently work very small plants from forest floor. Roots ran just under the surface. 10 years later I have fruit bearing shrubs - about 5 ft. tall!!!!

Positive hilladen On Jun 27, 2007, hilladen from Lake Oswego, OR wrote:

Produces a tasty little berry that is similar to a blueberry. Leaves and twigs are high in vitamin C and can be made into a tea.

Will provide year round presence with its small dark glossy leaves. Grows well under fir and pine trees.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Berkeley, California
Newark, California
Pacific Grove, California
, Newfoundland and Labrador
Brookings, Oregon
Dallas, Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
Gold Beach, Oregon
Grants Pass, Oregon
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Buckley, Washington
Freeland, Washington
Gig Harbor, Washington
Olympia, Washington
South Hill, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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