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Evergreen Huckleberry
Vaccinium ovatum

Butterflies, birds and berries, this shrub has it all! If you haven't noticed it in the wild, you may have found it gracing flower arrangements with its glossy evergreen foliage.

Evergreen huckleberry can range in height form 2 -9 feet in height and does best in partially shady conditions, although it can be found in full sun to full shade. The small urn shaped flowers keep the butterflies coming. The flowers are followed in the fall with edible berries that provide food for wildlife and the hungry gardener.

Used near the back of a perennial bed, Evergreen huckleberry's foliage provides a nice backdrop for showing off your colorful perennials. If you enjoy pruning your shrubs into gumdrops (not recommended), this shrub handles pruning well. Whether your garden displays a formal appearance or a wild side, evergreen huckleberry has a place in your yard. Evergreen huckleberry is readily available at many area nurseries.