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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.


  • 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.

4-12 Feet


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
  • Filtered Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade
  • 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
  • Erosion control
  • Hedge, screen
  • Mass plant
  • Naturalizes
  • Ornamental fruit
Native to
  • Alaska
  • California
  • Oregon
  • Washington