How to Prune California Huckleberry


The California huckleberry or Vaccinium ovatum pursh is an evergreen shrub that can grow to 6 feet tall. It is native to the Pacific Northwest and was valued by the Native American tribes in the area who enjoyed the purple-black fruits. It can be trimmed and used as a hedge in your landscape design. As with most huckleberry bushes it is a slow grower so it will not need to be pruned very often. Pruning should remove any broken branches, maintain its shape if you are growing it as a hedge, and maintain its size within your landscape.

Step 1

Prune away any dead or damaged branches as soon as possible. Damaged branches can create an entryway for disease.

Step 2

Cut away branches to maintain the hedge. Prune according to your personal preferences as to height and width. Always prune in late fall through early winter.

Step 3

Cut away 2 to 3 canes at the base of the shrub to reduce the size of the bush within your landscape design. Do not cut away more than this number during a single year. This type of pruning should be done in late fall through early winter.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand pruning shears
  • Lopping shears
  • Hedge shears


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