Gaylussacia dumosa

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Dwarf Huckleberry


Plant Specifics

Size:1-2 ft tall, similar in width, but spreads by rhizomes to form large colonies.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Black
Noted for:Fall color, Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Groundcover for dry sites. Clonal (forms small clumps of stems).It has deep red foliage in fall.
Considerations:Slow growing and difficult to establish.
Propagation:Seed. Division.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Birds and small mammals eat the fruit. 


Attracts native bees includeing Augochlorella aurata, A. gratiosa, Megachile breuis pseudobrevis, M. integrella plus the non-native Apis mellifera (honeybee) and Bombus irnpatiens  (Deyrup et al. 2002).

Native Habitats:Sandhills, flatwoods, flatwoods, flatwoods-wetland transition zones, hydric seep slopes including cutthroat seeps and edges of shrub-tree bogs, scrubby flatwoods, scrub.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Edible. Sometimes used in pies and jams. Seedy.