Vaccinium parvifolium

Family: Ericaceae

Common Name: Red huckleberry

Origin/Ecology: Native to Pacific northwest.

Habit: Erect shrub up to 4 m tall, branches strongly angled.

Leaves: Alternate, mostly deciduous but with a few persistent; oval, to 3 cm long, not toothed (except occasionally on young leaves).

Leaf Arrangement: Alternate.

Flowers and Fruit: Greenish-yellow or pinkish bell- or urn-shaped flowers, up to 5 mm long; single in leaf axils. Bright red, round berries, to 1 cm across; edible, a little sour for some tastes.

Bark: Branches are bright green.

Water Use, Soil: In soils rich in decaying wood, often on stumps or logs; at low to middle elevations.

Exposure: Full sun to part shade.

Landscape Uses: Erosion control, hedge/screen, massing plant, natural woodland gardens, ornamental fruit, attracts wildlife.

Limitations: Requires soil with good drainage.

Other Features: Berries can be eaten fresh or dried or prepared as a tea or jelly.