This delightful native shrub is closely related to the blueberry but has its own signature style and flavor. There are many different types of wild huckleberries, all over the world. Evergreen Huckleberries are common to the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and inland coniferous forests. They have a long history of use by Native Americans as a food source and for colored dyes.
Evergreen Huckleberries produce deep, dark deliciously sweet fruit in small clusters. The foliage is a glossy dark green that, as the name implies, persist all year long. These attractive plants grow well under forest canopies and also in the open sunlight. Huckleberries have care and maintenance requirements similar to their blueberry cousins.
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Huckleberries are an extremely healthy fruit to eat regularly. These berries are full of important vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, B, and C, antioxidants, iron, potassium, and calcium. They help boost your immune system, regulate the body’s water, fights off cancer, and improve circulation.
Not only are they healthy, but they are delicious too! Enjoy these berries fresh, dried, in jams, jellies, juices, sauces, mixed with other fruit, and in baked goods. The possibilities are endless!
Huckleberry plants grow well in full sun to full shade, although some shade is preferred. It does equally well in deep shade, but may not flower or fruit. Provide plants with a well drained or sandy soil. If the drainage is adequate it will tolerate clay.
Once the huckleberry plant is established it is drought tolerant, but flowering and fruiting is better with occasional watering during dry weather. Little pruning is needed to maintain a nice looking shrub.