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Ericaceae: Heath Family — Other

California / Evergreen Huckleberry – Vaccinium ovatum

Blooms:

Mar–May

Plant Height:

5–30 cm

Flower Size:

Medium cluster

Origin:

Native

Habitat:

Generally coniferous woodland

Notes:

A medium-sized evergreen shrub, easily recognized by its small (2–5 cm) ovate, to lanceolate, dark green leaves with serrated margins.  Flowers are glabrous, white to pink, with an open urn shape and recurved tips.  Fruits are small black berries, delicious to eat.

Salal – Gaultheria shallon

Blooms:

Apr–July

Plant Height:

2–20  dm

Flower Size:

Medium cluster

Origin:

Native

Habitat:

Moist forest margins

Notes:

This can be a medium sized, evergreen shrub but smaller examples are more frequently encountered, especially in Del Monte Forest.  Its leaves are large (5–13 cm), broadly ovate to lanceolate and finely serrate.  Flowers are glandular-hairy, pinkish-white with a closed urn shape.  Fruits are small, dark purple to black berries, said to be edible and an appetite suppressant.