Red Huckleberry

Vaccinium parvifolium
The bright red berries of the red huckleberry were once used as bait by fisherman/Photo Courtesy of Rollin Bannow
This huckleberry loves organic soil and is most often found growing on tree stumps and dead logs. This location provides rich nutrients and often has more sunlight than other places in the coastal forest because the dead tree leaves an opening in the forest canopy. Look for the bright green stem and leaves of this plant as you walk along the Cutthroat Climb, Cedar Grove or the Bay Loop Trail. Unlike its relative the evergreen huckleberry, the leaves of this huckleberry have smooth, rounded edges. Red huckleberries are one of the first berries to ripen in early summer. As its name implies it has bright red and slightly tart berries that wildlife, and humans, seek out to eat.

Facts About Red Huckleberry

Fishermen have used the berries as fish egg look-a-like bait

Thrives on nurse logs and stumps

Common berry of coastal forests