Vaccinium parvifolium

Red Huckleberry

Erect shrub with green strongly angled twigs. Stems do not root if touching soil. Thin leaves nearly deciduous, oval, with tiny hairs underneath and sharp tips that fall off. Flowers pinkish, hanging singly from base of leaves, urn-shaped, with 5 lobes. Berries bright red, 1/4–1/2 in., edible but somewhat tart. Grows in coniferous forests, in humus, from coastline to mid elevations. Often seen growing out of old rotting stumps. Blooms more prolifically and sets more fruit in forest openings that get a little more light.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Mid Spring
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 3--12 feet
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest
  • Found In: Olympic Np, Mt. Rainier Np, N Cascades Np
  • Native: Yes