Vascular Plants - Ericaceae - Vaccinium:
Vaccinium ovatum
Page Author: David Giblin
California huckleberry, evergreen huckleberry 
Blooms: April-August
Habit: shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: Native
Conservation Status: Abundant; of no concern.

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California.
Habitat: Coniferous forests at low elevations.
Species Description:

General: Evergreen, spreading to upright shrub, 0.5-4 m. tall, the young stems pubescent.
Leaves: Leaves alternate, aligned horizontally along the stem, short-petiolate, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, leathery, bright gloss-green on the upper surface, lighter beneath, the margins thickened and sharply serrulate.
Flowers: Flowers axillary in 3- to 10-flowered racemes; corolla entire, bright pinkish, narrowly bell-shaped, about 7.5 mm. long, the 5 lobes short and spreading; filaments densely pubescent; anthers with long, straight pore-bearing tubes but without awns; ovary inferior.
Fruits: Fruit a berry, deep purplish-black, 4-7 mm. broad, glaucous or shining.

Distinguishing Characteristics: Our only Vaccinium species with leathery, evergreen leaves and flowers in recemes.
Accepted Name:
Vaccinium ovatum Pursh
Synonyms:
Vaccinium ovatum Pursh var. saporosum Jepson

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Vaccinium ovatum
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria Specimens: View list of all Vaccinium ovatum specimens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Vaccinium ovatum specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Vaccinium ovatum treatment.

E-Flora BC: Vaccinium ovatum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Vaccinium ovatum images.

USDA Plants Database: Vaccinium ovatum.
Additional photographs of Vaccinium ovatum:
(click on a thumbnail to view larger photo)

Jim Riley

M. R. Smith

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Tim Hagan, 2003

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

Rod Gilbert, 2005

Rod Gilbert, 2005

Clayton J. Antieau, 2008

Clayton J. Antieau, 2008

Paul Slichter, 2009

Paul Slichter, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2013

G. D. Carr, 2013
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