Gaylussacia baccata
(Black Huckleberry)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Black Huckleberry
    Synonyms:Decachaena baccata, Gaylussacia resinosa
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 4 - 7
    Type: Shrub
    Bloom Time: April - June
    Status: Native

Gaylussacia baccata, or Black Huckleberry, is native to much of the eastern United States. It is a perennial shrub, which grows in dry, acidic soil of pine forests and other open woods, and on woodland edges. It blooms in early to mid spring with bell-shaped flowers that are pink to red, often with a tinge of yellow. The plant is in the same family as blueberries and its berries are edible!

This plant is very similar looking to other plants in the genus, but it can be distinguished by several factors: 1) when in bloom, it has red-yellow flowers; most other species in this genus have white flowers; 2) its closest lookalikes are blueberries (Vaccinium) species, and many of those do not get as tall as this species, which gets to about three feet tall; 3) when fully ripe, its berries are often black, not blue, although sometimes it does have blue berries, also.

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