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Huckleberry, Black Huckleberry

Gaylussacia baccata

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gaylussacia (gay-luh-SAY-shee-uh) (Info)
Species: baccata (BAK-ah-tuh) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Ferment seeds before storing


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Browns Mills, New Jersey

Memphis, Tennessee

Coupeville, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 4, 2016, firedawg401 from Coupeville, WA wrote:

I have a few three year old Gaylussacia baccata plants from Michigan and Mississippi, and they have survived our wet, cool winters here in Washington state in the north Puget Sound area. They are healthy looking during our summer months. The fall colors are beautiful. No berries yet as they are still young. Come this spring, I think I may get a few flowers and berries. However, if you have a rabbit problem, protect these plants; the rabbits love nibbling on the tender growth and stems.


On Oct 13, 2008, claypa from West Pottsgrove, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Huckleberries are every bit as tasty as blueberries, maybe sweeter, if you can get to them before the birds do. The fall color is spectacular!

The leaves closely resemble some blueberry species, like highbush blueberry Vaccinium corymbosum, but there's no confusing the berries, which are nearly black.


On Sep 1, 2001, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Shrub with green oval-oblong leaves covered with resin dots that grows from 1-3 feet.Clusters of dull red flowers bloom from May to July.Followed by blue or black berries.This huckleberry is best known for its edible blue or black fruit.The huckleberry are often confused with the blueberry.