Fairly large berries for a wild shrub. I’ve been looking for Haida Gwaii blueberries for years and, voila!, a raven lead me to a grove of beauties. Largest shrub was over 2m in height over than in spread. Smallest berry bearing bush didn’t reach my knee. Larger oval leaf compared to their red huckleberry kin (V. parvifolium), attractive red twigs and growing in the same area, one can plant both as a berry hedge. When talking to my sister in Vancouver, her blueberry cultivars were in bloom where I was harvesting berries. Had to slap my husbands hands to keep some for seed saving.
- Seed Count: 50-75
- Collection Date: July 2018
- Hardiness Zone: 6-9
- Height and Width: 2.5m x 2.5m
- Germination test type: float
How to germinate Vaccinum ovalifolium seeds:
Soak seed 24 hours. Surface sow in seeding medium of equal parts sand and peat. Tamp firm. Mist. Keep moist. Keep seedbed shaded. Warm stratify 15 days at 28C. Cold stratify 15 days at 2C. Expose to spring conditions for germination. Good germination under a regime of 14 hours of light at 28C; followed by 10 hrs of hrs of darkness at 13C. Keep seedlings shaded from strong direct sun. Great fresh, cooked, dried, jelly and wine. Full sun; humus rich acidic moist soil