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Vaccinium parvifolium
red huckleberry

Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California.

Habitat: Moist woods, forest edges and openings, from sea level to middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees


Erect shrub 1-4 m. tall, the branches green, very prominently angled, usually glabrous.


Leaves tardily deciduous, often a few persistent, thin, oval to oblong-elliptic, rounded, 1-2.5 cm. long, usually glabrous and entire.


Flowers solitary in the axils of the lowest leaves of the youngest shoots, short-petiolate; corolla entire, pale, waxy, yellowish-pink, broadly urn-shaped, about 4 mm. long; anthers with prominent, spreading-erect awns and short, apical pore-bearing tubes; ovary inferior.


Fruit a bright red berry, globose, 6-9 mm. broad.

Accepted Name:
Vaccinium parvifolium Sm.
Publication: Cycl. 36: Vaccinium no. 3. 1817.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Vaccinium parvifolium checklist entry

OregonFlora: Vaccinium parvifolium information

E-Flora BC: Vaccinium parvifolium atlas page

CalPhotos: Vaccinium parvifolium photos

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