[nafex] Western Huckleberry: Vaccinium Ovatum

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Fri Mar 23 23:25:35 EST 2001

Don't take either of these places that seriously.  V. ovatum generally has
pretty small berries that take an awful lot of work to pick and they tend to
be a bit dry.  Even if the plants do well, you'll likely wind up leaving
them for the birds before long.  The evergreen foliage is nice (it's often
used by florists for greens) and it gets a bronzy look in cold weather.  It
DOES grow in partial shade - it's a common understory plant in the Pacific
NW.  If you want the plants for fruit, go with commercial blueberries -
you'll enjoy them more.
-Lon Rombough
Grapes, unusual fruits, writing, consulting, more, at
http://www.hevanet.com/lonrom  See new additions to the site, Feb. 2001,
plus word on my grape book.

>From: Ginda Fisher <ginda at concentric.net>
>To: nafex at yahoogroups.com
>Subject: [nafex] Western Huckleberry:  Vaccinium Ovatum
>Date: Fri, Mar 23, 2001, 7:13 PM

>Has anyone tried to grow the Pacific NW evergreen huckleberry on the
>east coast?  Raintree and One Green World both claim it is a fruit that
>grows well in partial shade (of which I have some spare) and I'm
>wondering if it will make it here.  Raintree bills it hardy zones 7-10,
>OGW 6-9.  I'm zone 6, and think it might be worth a shot.  I can give it
>some protection and plenty of mulch - so long as it likes oak leaves.  
>Ginda Fisher
>Eastern Mass, zone 6

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