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Box Huckleberry

Box Huckleberry

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Minimum Purchase:
10 units
Type-Fruit Bearing, Latin Name-Gaylussacia brachycera Hardy Zones 3-8

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Box Huckleberry

Box Huckleberry (also known as Gaylussacia Brachycera) is a North American ground-cover shrub that is related to the blueberry. This semi-evergreen shrub can handle wet or dry conditions. Its leaves resemble boxwood, hence its name.

The Box Huckleberry plant is a shrub that is native to North America. This shrub has green leaves that resemble the boxwood. During the summer months, the bush grows blueberries that are editable. By the end of the summer, the berries are ready to be picked. Species of this plant have been traced back to being in existence 1,300 years ago. This shrub is only six to eight inches tall. The leaves are long and oval shaped. In the winter the leaves turn red. Before the shrub produces fruit, it has a white power with a tint of pink in it. The berries are eaten by many different animals and are safe for humans. They can be used in various types of pies. People also grow this shrub in their yard to see the beauty of the blueberries.

Box Huckleberry Characteristics

The mature height of the Box Huckleberry might be about 6 to 18 inches. It is a self-sterile plant that requires an unrelated clone to propagate. Its spread can be very expansive to tens of acres, making it ideal for ground cover purposes.

The plant was found in vast colonies with elaborate root systems. Some believe these to be thousands of years old. These isolated colonies have made the plant a prized possession due to its scarcity.

In the spring, the plant blooms white urn-shaped flowers with pinkish tints. The Box Huckleberry foliage is thick and waxy. Its leaves are about an inch long. In the autumn, reddish green to bright crimson awaits the viewer.

Common Uses

The Box Huckleberry prefers well-drained areas and acidic soils. Its toughness is a key attribute that horticulturists admire.

It might not be as well-known as other ground cover plants, but some landscapers are using Box Huckleberry to replace English Ivy (also known as Hedera Helix) or Lily Turf (also known as Liriope Muscari. Box Huckleberry prefers Zones 5 - 7 for cultivation.

Box Huckleberry is found in east-central states, such as Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Appalachian Mountains have been the home to many stations of Box Huckleberry. Horticulturists believe it might have been more widespread in North America but were killed off during the last ice age.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working to make acceptance of the Box Huckleberry as landscaping ground cover more popular. It is a tough plant that can spread over vast areas given enough time.

Box Huckleberry Ships As - Bare Root