Huckleberry Plants are almost exactly like Blueberry Plants
"Huckleberry" is the name of a group of plants in the Ericaceae family. They are perennial shrubs with most varieties being deciduous, although some are evergreen. The species determines the color and taste of the berries produced, but berry color can range from red to blue to dark purple. Often confused with blueberries because of their appearance, huckleberries have a slightly different taste than the traditional blueberry. This sweet, delicious fruit is often turned into jams and other preserves or used in baked goods. Wildlife also find them attractive.
Huckleberry Plants are high in antioxidants and good for you too
Huckleberry shrubs enjoy well-drained sandy or loamy soil that is fairly acidic (4.0 to 6.0 pH.) Hardy in Zones 5-8, huckleberries usually flower in the springtime and later yield their tasty berries. Reaching two to three feet in height when grown in full sun, they can get up to 12 feet or more when grown in the shade such as a woodland area.
Huckleberry Plants make good ornamental and edible plants
The Evergreen Huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum) has many attractive qualities. It is an erect, bushy shrub that retains its dark, shiny green leaves year round. The first dense clusters of dark berries appear after two to three years and are held by the plant well into winter. In late spring clusters of small, creamy pink flowers are produced. The Evergreen Huckleberry partners well with rhododendrons and add ornamental interest to the garden.
Red Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium) is a deciduous shrub. It grows slowly reaching heights of up to 12 feet, but usually growing only three to six feet high. Its red berries easily recognize it. Its stems are usually bright green but sometimes red. Its small leaves occasionally last through the winter. Red Huckleberry thrives in a woodland garden in partial shade with rich soil. Its delicate look and attractive branching pattern along with its reddish leaves in fall create ornamental interest. Rhododendrons, ferns, and Evergreen Huckleberry are good companion plants for Red Huckleberry.