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Washington Hawthorn vs Mountain Huckleberry

Crataegus phaenopyrum

Vaccinium membranaceum

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Washington Hawthorn
Mountain Huckleberry

Washington Hawthorn is an attractive ornamental shrub that is dense enough to plant as a privacy screen. It produces clusters of white blooms in late spring to early summer.

Washington Hawthorn's red berries last throughout winter, bringing squirrels and birds to your property. In the fall, its foliage turns beautiful orange, scarlet, or purple.

One of the most overlooked trees on the prairies. This tree is often used as rootstock, a wildlife attractor, or a boulevard hedge. Give this one a second look.

This species is also known as one of the more salt-tolerant species for those with saline soils.

Please note: this plant is poisonous to dogs.

Mountain Huckleberry is a small shrub known for its tart to sweet berries. The berries range from purple-black to red-black, and can be eaten fresh or used in jams and syrups. It is a plant native to Alberta and the berries are frequently enjoyed by both people and wildlife.

In traditional Indigenous fire management practices, berry patches were burned after harvest. This would reduce the invasion of other plants allowing the Mountain Huckleberry to thrive. Its foliage has low flammability and can survive low severity fires, and even if destroyed they regrow from the roots.

Note: Mountain Huckleberry requires specific soil conditions. They need moist, well-drained, acidic soil with a pH around 5.5.

WASHINGTON HAWTHORN QUICK FACTS

MOUNTAIN HUCKLEBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 5a
Height: 6 m (20 ft)
Height: 0.6 m (2.0 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 0.6 m (2.0 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: orange, scarlet or purple
Berries: small, red
Berries: dark purple
Flavor: sweet, acidic
Harvest: mid to late summer
Flowers: white flowers in spring
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Suckering: none
Suckering: high

In row spacing: 0.9 m (3 ft)

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)



Other Names: washington thorn
Other Names: big huckleberry, black huckleberry, tall bilberry, thinleaf huckleberry