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Vaccinium ovalifolium
Alaska blueberry, oval-leaf blueberry

Distribution: Occurring in forested and mountainous areas throughout Washington; Alaska south to Oregon, east to Idaho, and then scattered areas to the Atlantic Coast.

Habitat: Openings in coniferous forests, moderate to fairly high elevations.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Spreading deciduous shrub 4-10 dm. tall, flowering before the leaves have reached half their mature size; twigs yellowish-green strongly angled, glabrous, the old branches grayish.


Leaves alternate, ovate-elliptic, 2-4 cm. long, glabrous, glaucous on the lower surface, entire.


Flowers single in the axils, about 7 mm. long; pedicels 1-5 mm. long, strongly recurved in fruit, not enlarged immediately under the berry; corolla entire, pinkish, narrowly urn-shaped, longer than broad, broadest just below mid-length; anthers with dorsal awns and terminal pore-bearing tubes; ovary inferior.


Fruit a berry, purplish-black to bluish-black, 6-9 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Vaccinium ovalifolium Sm.
Publication: Cycl. 36: Vaccinium no. 2. 1817.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Vaccinium alaskaense Howell [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Vaccinium ovalifolium in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Vaccinium ovalifolium checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Vaccinium ovalifolium atlas page.

CalPhotos: Vaccinium ovalifolium photos.

USDA Plants: Vaccinium ovalifolium information.

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