Box Huckleberry (Gaylussacia brachycera)

Shrub
Vaccinium brachycerum. V. buxifolium.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Box Huckleberry
Gaylussacia brachycera
Ericaceae

A good ground cover plant[200]. Spreading quite freely, it should be spaced about 30cm apart each way[208].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked[3, 62]. Not highly regarded[183]. Tasteless[177, 200]. The fruit is about 12mm in diameter[200].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown in the autumn in a cold frame[200]. Stored seed requires 1 month warm stratification followed by 2 months cold[113]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots of lime-free compost and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer when they are at least 15cm tall. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200]. Layering. Division in spring.
Requires a lime-free moist peaty soil, thriving in sun or part shade[182, 200]. Prefers a position in partial or full shade[208]. Plants are hardy to about -15¡c[200]. This species rarely sets viable seed[200]. There is a colony in New Jersey that covers 3.8 hectares of land, it is estimated to be 10,000 years old and to have originated vegetatively from one single mother plant[200].
Eastern N. America – Delaware and Pennsylvania to Virginia.

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