CRCCD – Black Huckleberry

SKU: CRCCD-BLH Category:


Gaylussacia baccata


Soil:  Sandy to Rocky,  Acidic, Well-drained
Moisture:  Average to Dry
Light:  Full to Part Sun
Plant Height:  to 3 feet
Plant Width:  4 to 5 feet
Pests:  None
Landscape Value:  Great for mass plantings on wooded slopes and edges, in naturalized areas with dappled shade, and on stabilized dunes.  Makes a great ground cover for thin-soiled, rocky sites.  Useful for erosion control on slopes and rocky hillsides.

A densely-branched shrub with small leaves bearing yellow resinous dots.  Foliage turns shades of orange and crimson in the fall.  Clusters of pinkish-white bell-shaped flowers appear May to June on the previous season’s growth.  Fruits are blue-black edible berries, attractive to songbirds, gamebirds, and various mammals. In sunny areas, plants can spread quickly to form thickets, providing cover for birds and small mammals.  Tolerates drought.  Nectar source for butterflies and bees.  Larval host to Brown Elfin and Henry’s Elfin butterflies and several moths, including Huckleberry Sphinx moths.  Fruits can be eaten raw or used to make jams, jellies, and baked goods.

1 quart pot (aboveground plants are same size as would be in gallon pots)