Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California.
Habitat: Coniferous forests at low elevations.
Growth Duration: Perennial
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Evergreen, spreading to upright shrub, 0.5-4 m. tall, the young stems pubescent.
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 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.
Fruit a berry, deep purplish-black, 4-7 mm. broad, glaucous or shining.
Our only Vaccinium species with leathery, evergreen leaves and flowers in recemes.
PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Vaccinium ovatum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.
WA Flora Checklist: Vaccinium ovatum checklist entry.
OregonFlora: Vaccinium ovatum information.
E-Flora BC: Vaccinium ovatum atlas page.
CalPhotos: Vaccinium ovatum photos.
USDA Plants: Vaccinium ovatum information.