E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Vaccinium deliciosum Piper
blue-leaved huckleberry (Cascade bilberry; Cascade blueberry; Cascade huckleberry)
Ericaceae (Crowberry family)

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Species Information

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General:
Low, densely branched, often matted shrub; stems 15-40 cm tall, inconspicuously angled, greenish-brown, glabrous or minutely hairy.
Leaves:
Alternate, deciduous, egg-shaped to oblanceolate, to 3 cm long (sometimes longer), 1/3-1/2 as wide, rounded to pointed at tip, narrowed to base, dull green on upper surface, pale greenish with whitish bloom beneath, margins obscurely to distinctly toothed for the upper 1/2-1/3 of their length, often minutely rolled under.
Flowers:
Solitary in leaf axils, nodding; corollas pinkish, globular urn-shaped, 6-7 mm long, less than twice as long as wide; calyces very obscurely lobed, deciduous in fruit; filaments glabrous, shorter than anthers; anthers awned, with slender, terminal tubes.
Fruits:
Berries, nearly globe-shaped, 6-8 mm wide, blue to blue-black with a pale grey bloom; very palatable.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to moist forests, glades and meadows in the montane to alpine zones; locally common in extreme SW and SC BC; S to N OR.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Ecology

Ecological Framework for Vaccinium deliciosum

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class

Minimum

Average

Maximum

Elevation (metres) 280 1390 2145
Slope Gradient (%) 0 25 120
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 219 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 4 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
Class
C
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
209
Modal BEC Zone Class
MH
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(6), CMA(5), CWH(16), ESSF(39), IMA(1), MH(130), SWB(1)

Ecological Indicator Information

A shade-intolerant, submontane to subalpine, Western North American deciduous shrub distributed more in the Pacific than the Cordilleran region. Occurs in maritime to submaritime subalpine boreal climates on fresh to very moist, nitrogen-poor soils; its occurrence increases with increasing elevation and decreases with increasing continentality. Inhabits late snow-melt sites.

SourceIndicator Plants of Coastal British Columbia (Information applies to coastal locations only)

Climate

The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is subalpine boreal & cool mesothermal.

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