Vaccinium ovatum

evergreen huckleberry

Vaccinium ovatum is an erect, bushy shrub growing up to 4 m tall. The leaves are evergreen, egg-shaped and leathery, with sharp tooths 2-5 mm long. Flowers are pink and bell-shaped in clusters of 3-10. These flowers become purplish-black shiny berries 4-7 mm in diameter.

Cultural Narrative: 

Evergreen huckleberries are enjoyed by many who live in the coastal regions, and many groups would travel far to harvest them. They could be eaten fresh, mixed with oil, or dried into cakes. As these berries remain on the bushes until December, they have a long harvesting season.

Location Description: 

Evergreen huckleberries grow in confierous forests at low elevations, often close to the ocean.