Box Huckleberry

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Box Huckleberry

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. The Huckleberry plant resembles that of blueberry as the berries are also small and round that it produces although the colors are often that of a deep blue to a deep purple. 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. Usually, they grow about four feet tall at most and require a moderate amount of water. These plants don’t do too well in colder climates, and much prefer the warmth. Plant life varies from climate to climate, but for the most part, they seem to have a seventy-five-day lifespan. Bears tend to munch on these berries as do other wildlife, so it’s best to be mindful when harvesting them wild. However, 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