ovalleaf huckleberry Ericaceae Vaccinium
|Leaf: Alternate, simple, deciduous, oval and blunt-rounded at both ends, 1 to 2 inches long, margins usually lacking teeth; green above, and paler beneath.
Flower: Perfect, small (1/3 inch), pinkish, globular, urn-shaped to egg-shaped "bells" usually longer than broad; appear singly from axils of leaves before or sometimes with the leaves.
Fruit: Blue-black, round berries with bluish bloom, 1/4 to 1/3 inch across, edible and ripen in late summer.
Twig: Slender, brown or often reddish to yellowish, angled and grooved, appearing almost winged; older branches are gray.
Bark: Reddish brown but turns gray and exfoliates as it ages.
Form: Erect, slender, spreading shrub to 6 feet tall.
Looks like: big huckleberry
- evergreen huckleberry
- red huckleberry
- dwarf bilberry
| Additional Range Information:
Vaccinium ovalifolium is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting ovalleaf huckleberry.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson