Photograph from Lewis and Clark Herbarium/Academy of Natural Sciences
Evergreen Huckleberry (Evergreen Blueberry)
January 27, 1806, at Fort Clatsop, Oregon.
Evergreen huckleberry is an elegant, much-branched, evergreen shrub with attractive leaves. The leathery leaves are oval and shiny above, paler beneath. Axillary racemes of pink, bell-shaped flowers are followed by dark, edible berries. New growth in the spring is coppery red. Height: 2-6 ft (0.6-1.8 m).
Dry, shaded slopes; moister, woodland edges.
West of the Cascades from southwestern British Columbia to northern California and sporadically southward.
Birds and mammals eat the berries, which resemble blueberries.