Gaylussacia brachycera (Michx.) Torr. & A.Gray

Box Huckleberry


Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Gaylussacia

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 3 to 7

Size: To 2' tall and wide

Exposure: Filtered Sun, Part Shade, Shade

Description: 

From Trees & Shrubs Brit. Isles 1: 583 in 1914 A dwarf evergreen shrub, 6 to 12 ins. high ; young stems angled, minutely downy. Leaves thick, leathery, oval to ovate, toothed, 1/3 to 1 in. long, about half as wide, dark glossy green above, paler below, smooth, very shortly stalked. Flowers produced in May and June in short axillary racemes near the end of the shoot, each flower on a very short stalk. Corolla cylindrical, but contracted at the mouth, 1/4 in. long, white, faintly striped with red. Berries not seen ; described as blue.

History: 

Published in Mem. Amer. Acad. Arts 3: 54 in 1846.

Native to Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia.

Basionym Vaccinium brachycerum Michx.

Synonym Vaccinium buxifolium Salisb.

From Trees and shrubs, hardy in the British isles: Native of the eastern United States, on the mountains and hills from Virginia northwards to Pennsylvania ; originally introduced in 1796. It was subsequently quite lost to cultivation, but through the agency of the Arnold Arboretum, Mass., has been restored to gardens. It is still a very rare plant, but one of the daintiest of evergreens, forming low, neat patches, resembling to some extent Vaccinium Vitis-idaea var. minor.

Relatives: 


Sources of Information

© 2010-12 Lisa J. Miner