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Plant Species of the genus Gaylussacia

Information about this genus
Name: Gaylussacia
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Along with most of the erica family, huckleberries prefer moist, well-drained humus-rich soil that is on the acidic side, with a position in sun or partial shade. In the wild, many species grow in boggy peaty ground and, although this is difficult to replicate in gardens, it indicates one of the main requirements?the soil must remain moist. Propagate from seed, which germinates best if stratified, from summer cuttings or from layers, which often form naturally.
Description: Endemic to the Americas, this genus is made up of some 40 species of deciduous or evergreen shrubs. It belongs in the erica family and is closely related to Vaccinium, sharing the common name huckleberry with some members of that genus. The leaves, which are fairly small, may be toothed or smooth-edged and are sometimes coated with a sticky resin. In spring, racemes of small white, pink or red bell- or urn-shaped flowers develop in the leaf axils. These are followed by berry-like fruit that, while edible, are often very seedy. Some species, especially Gaylussacia baccata and G. frondosa, are hosts of the blueberry maggot fly and should not be grown near commercial blueberry crops in regions where this pest occurs.

Specie Vernacular Zone
baccata black huckleberry
brachycera 4?9
dumosa dwarf huckleberry
frondosa blue huckleberry

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