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Vaccinium parvifolium

Red Huckleberry

An upright, finely branched deciduous shrub, it features loads of small bell shaped flowers hanging in bunches in early May that native insects love. Flowers turn to berries in late summer that are prized by a host of critters. Easy to grow, it's tolerant of sandy soils and will tolerate shade.

Benefits

Trailing when young, more shrub-like when older
Woodland critters of all types love its berries
A native bird magnet for food and nesting
Easy to grow, tolerant of sandy soils
Fruit is perfect for jams and jellies
Great for massing in border areas

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows in conditions from full sun to partial shade, moist to dry conditions.  All require fast-draining, acidic soil.


Height
4-12 Feet

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Spread
4-8 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 6-8

Native Range

Dry to moist coniferous woods from Alaska south into California

Native Trivia

Folklore states this plant was created by the monster Asin and that those who ate it fruit would be carried off into the woods.  Most Native American disregarded this as they used Red Huckleberries extensively for food, fish bait or tea.


"These bright berries are enjoyed by me and by critters from mice to bears!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Shrubs
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Shade
Soil
Acidic
Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Attracts Wildlife
Mammals
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Habitat Collection
Dry Shade
Songbird
Native Habitat
Forest
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Erosion control
Hedge, screen
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Ornamental fruit
Native to
Alaska
California
Oregon
Washington