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City of Beaverton's Native Plant of the Month
Brought to you by the City of Beaverton Landscape and Urban Forestry Crew

Why Go Native?

Arbor Day Pat with Kids
  Arborist Pat Hoff teaches about Native Trees
Native plants and trees need less water and chemicals than non-native species, are more resistant to pests and diseases, and also attract birds, butterflies and other beneficial wildlife to your yard.  Simultaneously, they also reduce erosion and protect water quality.  Help keep our rivers clean and watershed healthy by planting a native on your property. The City’s commitment to bringing native species to Beaverton has been growing over many years.  To continue promoting native species, the City's Public Works department will highlight a native plant each month for home and business owners to consider when working outdoors.  Keep in mind; it is the home and business owners’ responsibility to maintain street trees located within the right-of-way adjacent to their properties.

Vaccinum OvatumeBeaverton’s Native Plant of the Month: Evergreen Huckleberry

Binomial name: Vaccinum Ovatum

Soil type: Organically rich, Acidic soil
Sunlight: Full sun to Full shade
Plant type: Upright shrub
Foliage: Evergreen
Fruit / Flower: Round black berry, Pinkish to red flower

Vaccium OvatumEvergreen Huckleberry is a hardy shrub that is native of the California on up to the British Columbia region. They are very nice in a natural landscape that doesn’t require much attention or watering after they are established. Consisting of green leaves that have a bronzy cast to them, Clusters of bell-shaped flowers that are pink to reddish in color and bloom from March till May, It also produces round, edible, black berries which are often used to make syrups and Jams and are great in pies.

Reaching up to 10 feet tall in shady areas or around 3 feet in full sun Evergreen Huckleberry are easily pruned to make a hedge or can be trimmed into a round shape. They are often seen sprouting up out of old stumps in the wild. These great looking evergreen shrubs can be spotted in a lot of the city of Beaverton landscapes because of the appeal and low maintenance.

This Native Plant of the Month has been brought to you by the City of Beaverton’s Landscape and Urban Forestry Department.  Visit Clean Water Service’s Native Plant Finder for interactive questions to help you find the right native plant to fit your needs!