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Red Huckleberry*

Vaccinium parvifolium

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Red Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium) at Squak Mountain Nursery

Red Huckleberry

Red Huckleberry

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Red Whortleberry

Description:

A native shrub of western North America; pretty bell-shaped flowers in spring produce red berries in summer; growth habit is trailing for the first few years, then upright; needs acidic, well drained soil, plant with peat moss

Ornamental Features

Red Huckleberry is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent red berries in mid summer. It features dainty clusters of white bell-shaped flowers with shell pink overtones hanging below the branches in mid spring. It has green foliage with light green undersides throughout the season. The oval leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The smooth gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

This plant is primarily grown as an ornamental, but it's also valued for its edible qualities. The small round sour berries are most often used in the following ways:

  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Preserves
  • Sauces

Landscape Attributes

Red Huckleberry is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Red Huckleberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Red Huckleberry will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years. While it is considered to be somewhat self-pollinating, it tends to set heavier quantities of fruit with a different variety of the same species growing nearby.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have sandy, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is native to parts of North America.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Bark  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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