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

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Jim Riley     (Photo ID #19361)


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Distribution of Vaccinium deliciosum
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Species Information

Low, densely branched, often matted shrub; stems 15-40 cm tall, inconspicuously angled, greenish-brown, glabrous or minutely hairy.
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.
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.
Berries, nearly globe-shaped, 6-8 mm wide, blue to blue-black with a pale grey bloom; very palatable.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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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




Elevation (metres)
1390 280 2145
Slope Gradient (%)
25 0 120

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

219 0 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
4 0 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

AT(6), CMA(5), CWH(16), ESSF(39), IMA(1), MH(130), SWB(1)

Habitat and 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.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia