Gardening for Birds by Jane Brandt:


Vaccinium ovatum      

Evergreen Huckleberry – pictured in photo (by Joe Halton) with Rufous HummingbirdRufous Hummingbird with Evergreen Huckleberry joe H

A PNW native shrub exhibiting beauty in all seasons.  Shape is irregular and upright. Height is 3-5 feet in the sun and 10-15 feet in the shade.  Requires good drainage and once established is drought tolerant. Thrives with a layer of mulch. It is a good companion to rhododendrons, ferns, and conifers.  

Winter--- Glossy dark green leaves with maroon stems

Spring----Bronze/copper new growth with small pink/white urn shaped pendulous flowers frequented by hummingbirds and bees.

Summer----Black/purple fruit forms

Fall-----Fruit ripens drawing birds such as American Robin, Spotted Towhee, Cedar Waxwing and Varied Thrush to the garden.