This small PNW shrub bears much sought after delicious sweet berries. In the wild, it is found in sub-alpine and alpine open forests with little or no competing vegetation and does well in moist sites. It can make a thicket of clones as it spreads mainly by rhizomes. History suggests First Nations maintained vast groves of mountain huckleberry with controlled burns to keep out competing vegetation. Easy to distinguish from blueberries as the berries don’t have a white bloom so they always appear black. Known by many names as Black Huckleberry, Thinleaf Huckleberry and Big Huckleberry. With fruits being as large as 10m. Drought tolerant. Scarlet fall colour. Fibrous root system does not appear to have a tap root. Best to grow in pots then seat out.
- Seed Count: 50-75
- Collection Date: Nov. 2021
- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
- Height and Width: 1.5m x +1.5m
- Germination test type: float
- Family: Ericaceae
How to germinate Vaccinum membranaceum seeds:
Seed is surface sown on finely milled peat and kept moist. Seed requires light for germination. A brief stratification may increase overall germination. Seeds germinate 16 to 21 days after sowing. Give strong indirect light. Fibrous root system does not appear to have a tap root. Best to grow in pots then seat out.