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A native from 3,000 – 9,000 feet in Southern Oregon, California, and Nevada, this is an evergreen groundcover/shrub oak. The catkins in May are like sprays of beaded filaments in orange and gold; later the light green and then brown acorns are conspicuously ornamental — not what you were expecting on such a low shrub. Leathery, small and wavy, occasionally toothed grey-green leaves grow densely. This is a beautiful and very useful plant. Handsome, no doubt, but also terrific at stabilizing banks; it loves a slope! And easy — no summer water preferred. Several wildlife species, birds included, enjoy the acorns. It is vaguely reminiscent of Huckleberry, thus its name. 2 – 4' tall. Bonsai candidate.Minimum temperature: -10° F