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Cascade Bilberry
Vaccinium deliciosum
About Cascade Bilberry (Vaccinium deliciosum) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Vaccinium deliciosum is a species of bilberry known by the common names Cascade bilberry, Cascade blueberry, and blueleaf huckleberry. Vaccinium deliciosum is native to western North America from British Columbia to northern California with a few isolated populations in eastern Idaho. It grows at elevations of 600-2,000 metres (2,000-6,600 ft) in subalpine and alpine climates. Its habitat includes coniferous forests and meadows. Vaccinium deliciosum is a rhizomatous shrub taking a clumpy, matted form, its tangling stem rooting where its nodes touch moist substrate. It may form expansive colonies. The new green twigs are hairless and waxy and the deciduous leaves are alternately arranged. The thin oval leaf blades are up to 5 centimeters long while the edges are mostly smooth but may be serrated near the ends. Solitary flowers occur in the leaf axils. Each is 6 or 7 millimeters long, widely urn-shaped to rounded, and pale pink in color. The fruit is a waxy blue or reddish berry which may be over a centimeter (>0. 4 inches) wide. It is said to be particularly tasty.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

1.3 ft tall

Winter Deciduous

Wildlife Supported


Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 20.7" - 100.0", Summer Precipitation: 1.17" - 3.60", Coldest Month: 29.0" - 40.0", Hottest Month: 49.2" - 67.2", Humidity: 1.32" - 19.54", Elevation: 2839" - 8150"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Blueleaf Huckleberry, Cascade Blueberry

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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