Kamchatka Bilberry (Vaccinium praestans)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Kamchatka Bilberry
Vaccinium praestans
Ericaceae

A good ground cover for cool moist shady areas[182].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked[1, 105]. The taste is sweet and fragrant, somewhat like a strawberry[11]. A delicious flavour[183]. The fruit is about 12mm in diameter[200].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow late winter in a greenhouse in a lime-free potting mix and only just cover the seed[78]. Stored seed might require a period of up to 3 months cold stratification[113]. Another report says that it is best to sow the seed in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe[200]. Once they are about 3cm tall, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 – 8cm with a heel, August in a frame[78]. Slow and difficult. Layering in late summer or early autumn[78]. Another report says that spring is the best time to layer[200]. Takes 18 months[78]. Division of suckers in spring or early autumn[113]. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions, but we have found that in general it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the summer or the following spring.
Requires a moist but freely-draining lime free soil, preferring one that is rich in peat or a light loamy soil with added leaf-mould[11, 200]. Prefers a very acid soil with a pH in the range of 4.5 to 6, plants soon become chlorotic when lime is present. Succeeds in full sun or light shade though it fruits better in a sunny position[200]. Requires shelter from strong winds[200]. Dislikes root disturbance, plants are best grown in pots until being planted out in their permanent positions[200]. In this country, plants grow better in northern England and Scotland, in southern England they need a position with plenty of light but little direct sun[11]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].
Northern N. America to N.E. Asia.

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