Scientific Name: Vaccinium ovatum 'Thunderbird'
Common Name: Thunderbird evergreen huckleberry
Family Name: Ericaceae
Origin: B.C. west of Cascades, Garden origin
Hardiness Zone: Zone 7: (-18 to -12 °C)
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Mature Size: 1.3 - 2.0m x 1.0 - 1.5m (height x width)
Habit: Arching, Dense, Upright
Form: Round
Texture: Medium - fine
Landscape Uses: Attract birds, Floristry, Ground cover, Group or mass planting, Mixed shrub border, Small garden/space, Spring interest, Urban agriculture, Wildlife food, Woodland margin
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade, Filtered shade, Deep shade
Soil or Media: Acidic, Humus rich, Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Alternate, Leathery, Lustrous, Ovate, Serrate
Flowers: Flowers clustered, White, Apr-May
Fruit: Berry (true), Edible, Purple, Black, Sep-Oct
Key ID Features:
Leaves alternate, ovate-lanceolate, <3cm long, serrate, glossy dark green, dense on reddish stems, leathery; flowers urn-shaped, pinkish-white, late spring, nodding racemes; fruit edible, spherical, glossy black berries.