Gaylussacia brachycera

Boxed huckleberry is a low shrub with branches that rise to about 12" to 18" from underground, creeping stems, known as rhizomes. Its glossy, leathery leaves lack the resinous dots of other huckleberries, and it holds its leaves year-round while the others are deciduous. Its flowers, white or pinkish, are bell shaped. Fruits are similar to blueberries, but have fewer, larger seeds. Boxed huckleberry is on the Pennsylvania threatened plant species list. Zone 5 - 7.

Box huckleberry is a long lived perennial that belongs to the Health Family (Ericaceae). Box huckleberry blooms in May and early June.

Natural habitat for Box huckleberry is typically found on north facing slopes over acidic shale bedrock. Soil preparation should be the same as Blueberry or Lingonberry, where it's rhizomes can spread in layers of forest floor like conditions. Populations are known from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessean and Kentucky. It's considered a species of special concern throughout most of this range.

Plant Characteristics
Pest Resistance Excellent
Disease Resistance Excellent
Drought Tolerance Fair
Heat Tolerance Good
Humidity Tolerance Very Good
Sun Tolerance Good
Wet Soil Tolerance Poor
Shade Tolerance Good
No Spray Excellent
Salt Tolerance Poor
Fresh for Kids Very Good
Deer Resistance Poor
Thorns No
Plant Type Shrub
Soil Type High Organic Matter
Edible Type Fruit
Self Fertile Yes
This information is accurate to the best of our knowledge, comments/opinions are always welcome

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