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- Type-Fruit Bearing, Latin Name-Gaylussacia brachycera Hardy Zones 3-8
Box Huckleberry – Gaylussacia brachycera has berries that resemble a blueberry, as the seeds are small and round; however, the colors are often deep blue or deep purple. Bears and other wildlife eat the berries. Box Huckleberry grow up to four feet tall and require a moderate amount of water. The Box Huckleberry is the name given to numerous plants that belong to the same classification, but most are familiar with that of the blueberry and cranberry. While the taste of the Box Huckleberry is said to resemble that of a blueberry closely, it’s also said to have its flavor that stands out definitely. There are four different types of huckleberry plants including the box, the dwarf, black and thin leaf. In the more western parts of North America, you’ll find ones that are red primarily grow and prefer acidic soil. Around the middle to late summer, the berries ripen and are ready for harvest, reaching the end of harvest around August.
These plants don’t do too well in colder climates, and much prefer the warmth. Plant life varies from environment to weather, but for the most part, they seem to have a seventy-five-day lifespan. It’s best to be mindful when harvesting them wild as wildlife tend to eat the berries. Box huckleberries are generally sterile plants that spread out rather than produce seeds. This species truly shines in the fall. Its leaves can turn from a beautiful reddish green all the way to a stunning deep red or scarlet color. This brilliant fall color will remain even during winter months, where the plant lends an extra dose of color to the winter landscape. Box Huckleberries perform best in hardiness zones five to seven. The plants spread readily, so space five to ten inches apart in a partially or fully shaded planting area. Water Box huckleberries lightly to moderately as they prefer dry acidic soil.
Scientific Name: Gaylussacia brachycera
Shrub Height: 6-8 inches
Shrub Width: 2 feet
Growth/Year: 1-2 inches
Soil Type: Dry, acidic soil
Sun: Partial shade
they grow about four feet tall at most and require a moderate amount of water. Box Huckleberry