Smith in A. Rees, Cycl. 36: Vaccinium no. 3. 1817.
crown-forming, some-times suckering when injured, 10-70 dm, not rhizomatous; twigs of current season green, sharply angled, glabrous or minutely puberulent in lines; (short lateral branches on both orthotropic and plagiotropic shoots often divaricate to 75° giving shrub a distinct fasciculate aspect).
dark green, ovate to oblong-elliptic, 13-25 × 8-14 mm, margins entire, surfaces puberulent or glabrous abaxially, glabrous adaxially.
calyx pale green, lobes spreading, distinct, broadly ovate, 0.4-0.6 mm, glabrous; corolla pink, bronze, or yellowish green, globose to urceolate, 4-6 × 3-5 mm, thin, glaucous; filaments glabrous.
red, sometimes faintly glaucous, translucent, 7-10 mm diam.
ca. 1 mm.
Flowering spring-summer. Coniferous woods, often on stumps and logs, disturbed areas; 0-1100 m; B.C.; Alaska, Calif., Oreg., Wash.
The red, waxy fruits of
were popular with all coastal Indian tribes and remain so with recreational pickers. The berries are somewhat sour but make excellent pastries and preserves. Commercial use of
is limited; vigorous growth, ease of harvest, and site adaptability provide opportunities.
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