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Wild Huckleberry Bush- Vaccinium

The wild huckleberry bush whose Latin name is the Vaccinium thrives in several various habitats, such as the mid-alpines, mountain slopes, forests, and lakes. They grow the best in damp soil with some acidity as they have an origin that comes from volcanic areas. The wild huckleberry was one of the very few plant species that survived on the slope of Mount St. Helens when it erupted in the mid-1980's. Today it thrives as a prominent bush on hills and in favorable, mild climates.
For hundreds of years, wild huckleberries have been used as both food and traditional medicine. They were first gathered by Native Americans along the Pacific coast, British Columbia, and Montana. The berries were used as food for the First Nations people and tasted tart, similar to blueberries in both look and taste. Today the fruit is used in various foods such as jams, pies, dressings, juices, teas, etc. As a traditional medicine, the berries treated pain, cardiac ailments, and mild infections. Huckleberries are also a favorite food source for wild animals such as bears, birds, deer, and coyotes.
As huckleberries are found in various habitats such as the mid-alpine regions of Montana, and lake basins on the Pacific coast, it makes the bush one that is relatively easy to grow. The perennial evergreens grow about two to three feet tall under the sun and can reach a whopping ten feet in the shade! When fully developed the leaves reach an inch and a half in length and turn a glossy green in summer months. It is encouraged to grow the bush in pots before transferring it to a garden to give it strong roots to grow with. As soon as it is a young sapling, and for the rest of its life, the bush produces flowers that bloom in spring and stays in full bloom throughout the summer.
The huckleberry bush is a great versatile bush! It can be used as decor in a lush garden, and can also be utilized for its food and medicinal properties. Huckleberries are great additions to any garden!

Wild Huckleberry Bush is a member of the Vaccinium family and is a close cousin of the blueberry. It produces fruit that is typically red, blue, or black in color and humble in size, and its small, bell-shaped flowers bloom in April and May. The North American native can be evergreen or deciduous, depending on its geographical location. It will produce more berries if daily exposure to the sun is available. This fun plant can easily be incorporated into any garden and enjoyed all summer long.