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