Vaccinium ovatum seed (Evergreen huckleberry)

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PNW native evergreen berry producing shrub. Sweet delicious dark blue-near black berries festoon the multiple stems in dense clusters. Easy picking!  Valuable carefree member of the edible landscape. Aka California huckleberry

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Description

PNW native. A fairly uncommon evergreen shrub to Vancouver Island. We could be at the most northern part of its range.  I heard of it just a few years ago and the hunt has been rewarded in finding berry producing bushes.  An oddball in the Vaccinium family being an evergreen with Its thick finely toothed small leaves.  In Feb-March most of the woody bits are covered in pink and white tight bell like flowers. Pollination is mainly done by bumblebees.  Fruit ripen sometime in late July-August. Prefers semi sun; poor soils along forest edges.  It can grow fast in the right spot.

  • Seed Count: tba
  • Collection Date: tba
  • Hardiness Zone: 7-9
  • Height and Width: 1.5m x +1.5m
  • Germination test type: float
  • Family: Ericaceae

How to germinate Vaccinum ovatum 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.

 

 

Additional information

Weight 2 g