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Re: [nafex] Western Huckleberry: Vaccinium Ovatum

Thanks.  Truth be told, I'm looking for something evergreen and vaguely
ornamental for the spot, as it's between my bedroom window and the
backyard neighbor's window.  So far, I've considered a small conifer, a
large rhododendron, a hardy camellia (marginal in the climate) and the
evergreen huckleberry (probably also marginal).  I already have real
blueberries in full sun, although I carefully selected them for smaller
berries (personal preference.  These are for us, not commercial.)  A bit
dry is a defect, but attracts birds is a benefit - I really enjoy the
birds, and have lots of nets to keep them off my berries.

I guess you've answered the question of why no one offers it here,


"Lon J. Rombough" wrote:
> Don't take either of these places that seriously.  V. ovatum generally has
> pretty small berries that take an awful lot of work to pick and they tend to
> be a bit dry.  Even if the plants do well, you'll likely wind up leaving
> them for the birds before long.  The evergreen foliage is nice (it's often
> used by florists for greens) and it gets a bronzy look in cold weather.  It
> DOES grow in partial shade - it's a common understory plant in the Pacific
> NW.  If you want the plants for fruit, go with commercial blueberries -
> you'll enjoy them more.
> -Lon Rombough
> Grapes, unusual fruits, writing, consulting, more, at
> http://www.hevanet.com/lonrom  See new additions to the site, Feb. 2001,
> plus word on my grape book.
> ----------
> >From: Ginda Fisher <ginda@concentric.net>
> >To: nafex@yahoogroups.com
> >Subject: [nafex] Western Huckleberry:  Vaccinium Ovatum
> >Date: Fri, Mar 23, 2001, 7:13 PM
> >
> >Has anyone tried to grow the Pacific NW evergreen huckleberry on the
> >east coast?  Raintree and One Green World both claim it is a fruit that
> >grows well in partial shade (of which I have some spare) and I'm
> >wondering if it will make it here.  Raintree bills it hardy zones 7-10,
> >OGW 6-9.  I'm zone 6, and think it might be worth a shot.  I can give it
> >some protection and plenty of mulch - so long as it likes oak leaves.
> >
> >Thanks,
> >Ginda Fisher
> >Eastern Mass, zone 6
> >

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