Gaylussacia baccata - Black Huckleberry
Give Huckleberries a bit of room and they will spread to form a 3-foot-tall thicket that will shelter many native birds, such as turkey and quail. Its purple-black berries are enjoyed by humans and many birds. Many species of butterflies and bees visit the bell-shaped flowers in springtime.
- Berries are a food source for birds and wildlife
- Mockingbirds and Catbirds nest in huckleberries
- Turkey and quail seek shelter in its branches
- Nectar source for butterflies and native bees
- Delicious berries can be made into pie and jam
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Grows well in average, acidic, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.