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Scientific Name: Vaccinium ovatum 'Thunderbird'
Pronunciation: vack-SIN-ee-um oh-VAY-tum
Common Name: Thunderbird evergreen huckleberry
Family Name: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Key ID Features: Leaves <3 cm, alternate, ovate-lanceolate serrate, glossy dark green, dense on reddish stems, leathery; flowers urn-shaped, pinkish-white, late spring, nodding racemes; fruit edible, spherical, glossy black berries.
Course(s): HORT 2355

Habit: Arching, Dense, Upright
Form: Round
Texture: Medium - fine
Mature Size:
Height:1.3 - 2.0m
Spread:1.0 - 1.5m
Growth Rate:Moderate
Origin: B.C. west of Cascades, Garden origin
Hardiness Rating: Zone 7: (-18 to -12 C)
Exposure: Deep shade, Filtered shade, Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium: Acidic, Humus rich, Well-drained
Water Use: Low, Moderate
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
Additional Info: Google
Thunderbird evergreen huckleberry
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Leathery
Surfaces: Lustrous
Colour in Fall: Dark-green
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Ovate
Apices: Acute
Margins: Serrate
Additional Info: new growth is reddish

Inflorescence Type: Floriferous, Flowers clustered
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:5
Corolla Shape:Urceolate
Ovary Position:Inferior
Colour (petals): Showy, White
Flower Time at Peak: Apr, May

Fruit Type: Berry (true)
Fruit Colour: Purple, Black
Fruiting Time: Sep, Oct
Additional Info: Showy, Edible, Technically a false berry (inferior ovary)

Bark Morphology: Exfoliating
Bark or Stem Colour: Red, Tan, Brown
Organ Modifications: Fibrous-like roots

Propagation: Cuttings
Plant Care:
Pest Susceptibility: Dieback, Galls, Root rot, Rust, Scale insects,
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