Vaccinium ovatum

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Vaccinium ovatum
Vaccinium ovatum

Species Name: Vaccinium ovatum
Common Name: California Huckleberry

Tasty berries. Recommended under redwoods or pine trees in moist shady spot. Grows best near coast but can be coaxed to grow further inland if protected from afternoon sun and given regular garden care.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 2-6' H x 2-6' W
Growth Habit: Small shrub in sun, large in shade
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Part sun to shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining, acidic
Water Requirements: Moderate to regular
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White/Pink
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: North Coast Range, Klamath Range, Outer North Coast Range, Central Coast, San Francisco Bay, N. Channel Islands, Transverse Ranges, Peninsular Ranges
Natural Habitat: Edges, clearings in coniferous woods from 10-2700'

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Care and Maintenance

  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A rather small, erect growing shrub with very attractive glossy green foliage and small pink, bell-shaped flowers. Used extensively by florists for decorating. Grows in shady places, requires plenty of leaf mold. Gallon cans, $1.00."
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