- Main interest:
- delicate form, red berries
- partial to full shade
- Soil humidity:
- moist soil; well drained
- Flower colour:
- greenish to creamy pink
- Flowering period:
- April to June
- USDA Hardiness:
- zone 4a: -34.5 °C (-30 °F) View Zone Map
- Mature height & width (max.):
- height: 8 ft (2.4 m) width: 5 ft (1.5 m)
- woodland gardens, naturalizing, fruit production
Commonly known as Red Huckelberry, Vaccinium parvifolium is natural to coniferous forests. It is the only native upright Vaccinium with red berries. It’s a tall shrub, with an upright habit, and numerous delicate branch stems full of small, bright green oval leaves. Leaves turn to red in the fall. The delicate stems are beautiful in cut flower arrangements.
Greenish or creamy-pink bell shaped flowers bloom along the stems in the spring. The fruits ripen in July and August. They are tiny, red to orange-red, and sweet-tart in flavor. They stand out in strong contrast to the bright green branches and leaves.
This shrub will grow anywhere from three to twelve feet in height, reaching its taller limits in shadier conditions. Red Huckleberry performs best in a woodland garden that duplicates its native habitat in partial shade with rich, humusy soil.
Red Huckleberries are a good source of Vitamin C. The berries are used in pies, jellies, jams or preserves. Red Huckleberry is a favorite food of a variety of birds and mammals.
Also known as: Red Bilberry, Red Whortleberry, Red Blueberry