Dwarf Huckleberry (Gaylussacia dumosa)

Shrub
Lasiococcus dumosus. Vaccinium dumosum. V. hirtellum.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Dwarf Huckleberry
Gaylussacia dumosa
Ericaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked and used as a pie filling etc[3, 62, 183]. Juicy and deliciously spicy[183]. Watery and insipid[235], though commonly eaten according to another report[177]. Not much valued[11]. The fruit is about 8mm in diameter[235].

  • 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[1, 182]. Prefers a sandy soil[11]. Succeeds in wetter soils than other members of this genus[200]. Plants are hardy to about -15¡c[200]. A very ornamental[1] and freely suckering shrub[182].
Eastern N. America – Newfoundland to Florida and Louisiana.

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