Gaylussacia dumosa (Andrews) A.Gray

Dwarf Huckleberry

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Gaylussacia

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 6 to

Size: To 12" tall

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


White flowers in June. Edible fruit. Well-drained, moist, acidic soils.

From Trees & Shrubs Brit. Isles 1: 583 in 1914 A deciduous shrub, 1 to 2 ft., or sometimes twice as much high, spreading by underground stems, the young twigs furnished with gland-tipped hairs. Leaves narrowly oval or obovate, pointed, 3/4 to 1 1/2 ins. long, 1/4 to 5/8 in. wide; deep shining green, more or less glandular downy on both surfaces and at the edges, not toothed ; stalk very short. Flowers produced in June on short downy racemes furnished with oval, persistent, leaf-like bracts 1/4 in. or more long, from the axils of which the flowers spring. Corolla bell-shapcd, 1/3 in. long and wide, pure waxy white, nodding ; calyx with downy triangular lobes. Berries globose, black, 1/4 to 1/3, in. wide, downy ; not much valued for eating.


Native to the eastern US and Canada.

Published in Mem. Amer. Acad. Arts n.s. 3: 50 in 1846.

Synonym Vaccinium dumosum Andrews.

From Trees and shrubs, hardy in the British isles: Native of Eastern N. America from Newfoundland to Florida, never far from the coast, and said to prefer sandy soil : introduced in 1774.


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