COMMON NAME: Red Huckleberry
FAMILY: Ericaceae (Heath Family)
Stem erect 1–4 m, generally not rooting; twigs strongly angled, green
Leaves deciduous, rarely evergreen in young plants, 10–25 mm; blade elliptic to ovate, thin, entire to serrate or with only a deciduous, sharp point at tip, lower surface (especially midvein) puberulent, veins prominent
Inflorescence: flowers solitary in axils of lowest leaves of youngest shoots; bractlets 0; pedicels not jointed to flower
Flower: calyx lobes ± 0 or < tube, rounded, deciduous; corolla < 5 mm, greenish or pinkish; anthers awned
Fruit 6–10 mm diam, bright red
Ecology: Moist, shaded woods
Elevation: 3–1400 m.
Bioregional distribution: North Coast, Klamath Ranges, Outer North Coast Ranges, High Cascade Range, n&c High Sierra Nevada, San Francisco Bay Area
Distribution outside California: to se Alaska
Horticultural information: SHD, IRR: 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17; acidic soil.