Huckleberries are a long time native of the Northwest. It has small dark green leaves with beautiful pink-white blooms in the spring and large clusters of small black-purple berries in late summer. It is said that the berries reach their full flavor after the first frost. Huckleberries have a delicious wild tart flavor that can be eaten fresh off the bush or used for jam, jellies, sauces and pie! The Evergreen bush can grow up to 15 inches tall and spreads into a dense shrub that can be used to boarder any landscaped area. This is a native edible plant that would be a nice addition to any edible garden.
Huckleberries are an adaptable plant which grows well in full sun to full shade, although the plants prefer some shade. 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 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.