Growing throughout our Northwest coastal forests, this very attractive, upright growing shrub, Evergreen Huckleberry is prized for its deep green, evergreen foliage and flavorful, juicy, dark blue fruit, which is great for fresh eating and makes delicious preserves and Huckleberry pies. Likes shade or sun and moist, well-drained, acidic soil. It will grow to 8 ft. in height in the shade and 3-4 ft. in height in the sun. Space 2-3 ft. apart to make a beautiful, edible, evergreen hedge. Works well planted amongst Salal for a gorgeous Northwest Native edible landscape.
Latin Name: Vaccinium ovatum
Site and Soil: Can grow in sun or shade and likes moist, well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Evergreen Huckleberry is self-fertile.
Hardiness: Evergreen Huck is hardy to minus 10° F.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 3-4 ft. in height in full sun, 6-8 ft. in shade
Bloom Time: May
Ripening Time: September
Yield: 2-3 pints
Pests & Diseases: Evergreen Huck is not bothered by pests or diseases
USDA Zone: 6
Sunset Western Zone: 4-7, 14-17, 22-24
Sunset Northeast Zone: Not listed