Vaccinium ovatum Ericaceae
Box Huckleberry, Evergreen Huckleberry vak-SIN-ee-um o-VA-tum
- Evergreen shrub, 3-5(8) ft [0.9-1.5(2.4) m], neat, erect, compact generally, but can have erratic growth habit (e.g., some long erect shoots). Leaves small, alternate, oval to laceolate, 4 cm long, toothed, leathery, glossy dark green, generally closely spaced along reddish stems. (Used in the florist industry.) Pale pink, urn-shaped flowers borne on short racemes in spring. Fruit at first is red, turning blue-black in late summer, edible.
- Sun to part shade.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Found along the Pacific Coast from British Columbia to California. Introduced into cultivation by David Douglas in 1826.
- Corvallis: Central Park, south side, east of Gazebo.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: east side Gilmore Hall.