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Vaccinium ovatum

Evergreen Huckleberry
Zone: 10a, 10b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Exposure: Part Shade
Height: Minimum 4 feet , Maximum 12 feet
Width: Minimum 4 feet , Maximum 6 feet
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Vaccinium ovatum is one of the most versatile and underused native plants of the Pacific Northwest. It provides a regional feel to our gardens and helps define the Northwest landscape. Typically thought of as a woodland plant, it performs equally well in full sun. In spring its small, leathery leaves have tones of copper and bronze, and they mature to shiny dark green. Small, urn-shaped white flowers hang under the foliage in spring, transforming to succulent blue-black berries by late summer. These make delicious jam or jelly. The small leaves of this shrub create a fine texture, but its slightly irregular growth habit keeps it interesting. It contrasts well with plants with larger leaves, such as rhododendrons. Use evergreen huckleberry in informal groupings or as a natural low screen. Surprisingly it will also shear into a dense formal hedge.

Evergreen huckleberry is an adaptable plant which grows well full sun to dappled shade. It does equally well in deep shade, but may not flower or fruit. Provide plants with a well-drained or sandy soil. If the drainage is adequate it will tolerate clay. Once established it is drought tolerant, but flowering and fruiting is better with occasional watering during dry weather. Little pruning is needed to maintain a nice looking shrub.

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Submitted by Ref: Plantlust.com on 11/8/2012 4:26 PM

We grow our own selected representative of this evergreen native of Western North America and propagate it vegetatively to maintain its superior spring foliage color and compact habit. New growth is bronze-red. The flowers, which are abundant in mid- to late spring, are white. They are followed by a smattering of small, but very tasty, purplish-black fruits. Florists use the branches as decorative greens. Will grow in protected areas of zone 6. Upright, spreading habit.

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Submitted by Ref: Plantlust.com on 11/8/2012 4:26 PM

In addition to its usefulness for edible berries ; cut evergreens, this is an excellent garden shrub, "beautiful at all seasons" (Haskin), with a compact habit, small glossy dark-green leaves (bronzy when young) ; pink flowers. Sun-PSh/Med

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Submitted by Ref: Plantlust.com on 11/8/2012 4:26 PM

Glossy dark green leaves with ornamental bronze new growth. Pale pink urn-like flowers produce black fruit. 5' x 5'

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15 Nurseries Carry This Plant:

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Alpha Nursery Inc. Salem, OR Email now 503-390-1286 Container: 3
Aurora Nursery Aurora, OR Email now 503-678-7903 Container: X
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  • Ballard Nursery Gaston, OR Email now 503-357-5993 Container: 1 Liner: 2
    Beaverlake Nursery Beavercreek, OR Email now 503-632-4787 Bare Root: X Container: 4 Cut: X Liner: 4 Seedling: X
    Champoeg Nursery Inc. Aurora, OR Email now 503-678-6348 Container: 2 Liner: 2 Seedling: X
    Chehalem Mountain Nursery Inc. Hillsboro, OR Email now 503-628-3765 Container: 1
    Fall Creek Farm & Nursery Inc. Lowell, OR Email now 541-937-2973 Container: 4 Liner: 4
    Highland Heather Canby, OR Email now 503-263-2428 Container: X
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  • Hochstein Nursery LLC Cornelius, OR Email now 503-357-5651 Container: 2
    Loen Nursery Inc. Woodburn, OR Email now 503-982-6300 Container: 3
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  • Mahonia Vineyards & Nursery Salem, OR Email now 971-701-1921 Container: 1
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  • National Nursery Products Kirkland, WA Email now 425-822-1006 Container: X
    Sevenoaks Native Nursery LLC Albany, OR Email now 541-757-6520 Container: 2
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  • Sidhu & Sons Nursery Ltd. Mission, BC Email now 604-826-3537 Container: X Liner: X
    Youngblood Nursery Inc. Salem, OR Email now 503-390-8619 Container: 3