Gaylussacia frondosa (L.) Torr. & A.Gray


Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Gaylussacia

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Size: To 4' tall and wide

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade, Shade


From Trees & Shrubs Brit. Isles 1: 584 in 1914 A deciduous shrub, 3 to 6 ft. high, with slender, divergent branches ; young wood smooth or nearly so. Leaves obovate or oval, rounded or notched at the apex ; 1 to 2 1/2 ins. long, 1/2 to 1 1/4 ins. wide ; bright green and smooth above, rather glaucous, downy, and sprinkled with resin-dots beneath. Flowers produced in June and July on loose, slender racemes 1 1/2 to 3 ins. long, each flower on a threadlike, pendulous stalk 1/3 to 1 in. long. Corolla roundish bell-shaped, scarcely 1/5 in. long, purplish green ; calyx-lobes smooth, triangular. Berry blue, 1/3 in. or more wide, globose, very palatable.

Prefers sandy soil.


Published in Fl. New York 1: 449 in 1843.

Basionym Vaccinium frondosum L.

Synonym Vaccinium venustum Aiton.

From Trees and shrubs, hardy in the British isles: Native of the eastern United States ; introduced in 1761. This is one of the handsomest of the Gaylussacias, and is distinct in the long-stalked flowers and lax racemes, and the bluntish leaves. The popular name refers to the loosely hanging berries ; they are not freely developed in this country.

Bot. Repos. says it was introduced in 1770.


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