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Vaccinium parvifolium (Red Huckleberry)

Red Blueberry, Red Huckleberry, Red Whortleberry

Vaccinium parvifolium, Red Blueberry, Red Huckleberry, Blueberries, Fruiting Shrubs, Red Berries
Vaccinium parvifolium, Red Blueberry, Red Huckleberry, Blueberries, Fruiting Shrubs, Red Berries
Vaccinium parvifolium, Red Blueberry, Red Huckleberry, Blueberries, Fruiting Shrubs, Red Berries

Vaccinium parvifolium (Red Huckleberry) is a graceful deciduous shrub of erect or somewhat straggling habit with slender, green, and sharply angled branches. The small, bright green oval leaves are evergreen and finely serrated when young, whereas mature leaves are deciduous and entire. In the fall, the delicate foliage turns reddish, presenting a striking contrast to the bright green branches. Urn-shaped, waxy, greenish to cream flowers are borne singly in the leaf axils or in small clusters in late spring to early summer. The blossoms are followed by a profusion of tiny, quite edible, translucent, bright red berries – a delight for birds and wildlife. The berries are rich in vitamin C and energy content but low in fats. They can be used in pies, jelly, jam, and preserves. Red Huckleberry grows from southeastern Alaska southward to central California and is primarily restricted to coastal regions. Red Huckleberry is rhizomatous and may spread to form dense thickets which may serve as hiding, resting or nesting sites for many birds and mammals. It is also an important big game browse (deer, mountain goats, and elk) during the fall and winter months. An attractive and valuable ornamental shrub, Red Huckleberry is well suited for a variety of garden uses.

  • Grows up to 4-12 ft. tall (120-360 cm) and 5-6 ft. wide (150-180 cm).
  • A full sun to full shade lover, this plant is best grown in moist to dry, well-drained, acidic soils.
  • Great for shrub borders, foundation plantings, or as an informal hedge. Combines well with Rhododendrons and Azaleas.
  • Little pruning is needed to maintain a pretty-looking shrub.
  • Propagate by seeds, layering, or softwood cuttings taken in spring. Seeds may need to be stratified and should be sown on a slightly acid soil mix.
  • Native to Alaska, California, Oregon, and Washington.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 5 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ericaceae
Genus Vaccinium
Common names Blueberry, Red Huckleberry
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Fall
Height 4' - 12'
(120cm - 3.7m)
Spread 5' - 6'
(150cm - 180cm)
Spacing 72" (180cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Alaska, California, Pacific Northwest, Washington, Oregon
Tolerance Full Shade
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Vaccinium corymbosum Midnight Cascade™ (Blueberry)
Vaccinium darrowii (Darrow’s Blueberry)
Vaccinium elliottii (Elliott’s Blueberry)
Vaccinium stamineum (Deerberry)
Vaccinium pallidum (Lowbush Blueberry)
Vaccinium myrsinites (Evergreen Blueberry)

Recommended Companion Plants

Arbutus menziesii (Madrone)
Gaultheria shallon (Shallon)
Mahonia nervosa (Cascade Mahonia)
Athyrium filix-femina (Lady Fern)
Rhamnus californica (California Coffeeberry)
Rosa gymnocarpa (Dwarf Rose)

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 5 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ericaceae
Genus Vaccinium
Common names Blueberry, Red Huckleberry
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Fall
Height 4' - 12'
(120cm - 3.7m)
Spread 5' - 6'
(150cm - 180cm)
Spacing 72" (180cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Alaska, California, Pacific Northwest, Washington, Oregon
Tolerance Full Shade
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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