Gaylussacia frondosa var. tomentosa

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Blue Huckleberry


Plant Specifics

Size:3-5 (7) ft tall, but spreads by rhisomes to form colonies.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Blue
Noted for:Fall color, Showy flowers, Showy fruits


Recommended Uses:Shrub for woodland edge or casual garden.
Propagation:Stem cuttings. Root division. Seed.
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat 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



Fruits are prized by a variety of birds and mammals. 


Pollinated primarily by native bees.

Native Habitats:Sandhills, scrub, flatwoods, cypress swamp margins. Acid soils. Mesic to dry-mesic flatwoods, edges of bayneads, cypress depressions, cutthroat seeps.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Edible. Seeds are large, but edible. Can be used in jams and pies.