Native Plant of the Month: Evergreen Huckleberry

Photo of 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

Evergreen 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 , Photo of Evergreen Huckleberry. 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 webpage for interactive questions to help you find the right native plant to fit your needs!