Gaylussacia baccata (black huckleberry)

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Key Characteristics

  • Low, erect, many-branched shrub, up to 1.5 meters tall
  • Leaves alternate, simple, entire, ciliate, moderately thick and leathery, lower surface densely covered with shiny yellow resinous dots or globules
  • Petioles short, 2 mm long
  • Twigs slender, green at the tips, and becoming red then brown as they age
  • Winter buds small, ovoid, with closed scales, terminal bud lacking
  • Drupe edible
  • Prefers dry acidic sites

Sourced from "Michigan Shrubs"


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