Blue Horizon Huckleberry is found in the mountainous regions of the Alleghenies. The plants grow hidden among pine and hardwood trees but escape to appear in open areas of full sun and stretch outward to the limits of the horizon or other forested patches. The gorgeous foliage is a mix of deep red and burgundy. The blue-black fruits are edible—refreshingly tart but with sweet undertones, depending on the degree of ripeness.
Latin Name: Vaccinium ovatum
Site and Soil: Can grow in sun or shade and likes moist, well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile, but planting with another huckleberry variety will increase yield.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 10° F.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 5-6″ in height
Taste: Tart with sweet undertones
Fruit Skin: Blue-black
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: July
Yield: 1-2 pints when mature
Pests & Diseases: Huckleberries are not bothered by pests or diseases
USDA Zone: 6-8