Gaylussacia baccata

Common name: Huckleberry

Native plant

Huckleberry is a sand country plant that grows in moist or dry sites in the oak savanna. The urn-shaped flowers are very similar to blueberry flowers. The black fruit is very edible, however, the seeds are larger than blueberries, and they crunch when you eat them. Fall color is burgundy to red. This shrub planted with dwarf blueberry makes an excellent ground cover. Unfortunately, like any of you on clay soil, I will have to visit sand country to see this plant.

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Plant Details

Plant type

Shrub

Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun, High Canopy Shade (Usually from oaks), Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Requires Protected Site, Harsh Exposure Tolerant

Habitat

Sandy Soils, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate

Slow

Flower color

Cream

Fall color

Red Orange

Size

Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
3 Feet
Max width
4 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Drought Resistant Soil Stabilizer Edible fruit

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