Flora of Scotts Creek Watershed
Vaccinium ovatum - California Huckleberry
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Family Name: Ericaceae
Common Names: California Huckleberry, Evergreen Huckleberry, Evergreen Blueberry, Short Huckleberry
Origin: Native to California
Habitat: Coastal scrubs and coastal forests, Redwood-Douglas fir forest, below 1500 ft elevation.
Life Form and Duration: Perennial Shrub, 2.5 m tall
Comments on overall growth: Erect shrub, may form dense entanglements
Bark and Stem Description: Twigs are round and gray.
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Description: Leaves are alternate, leathery, thick, 1-5 cm long, in shape are lanceolate or elliptical, margins are finely serrate. Upper surfaces glossy green, lower surfaces paler, with sparse, dark glandular hairs. Leaf veins are not prominent.
Infloresence Description: 1-5 flowers clustered umbel-like in leaf axils, with red deciduous bracts.
Flower Description: Flowers are pink to white, bell/urn shaped, 5-7 mm long, short spreading lobes.
Flowering Season: March-August
Fruit Type: Berry
Fruit Description: Black, sometimes glaucous (white waxy covering) giving a purplish appearance, 6-9 mm in diameter.
Edibility: Fruits are edible, flavor depends on site conditions.