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Dwarf black-huckleberry, Dwarf huckleberry
Gaylussacia dumosa

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also an accent shrub.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Small shrub. Leaves small, shiny.

Dimensions: About 1-2 feet tall. Spreading from underground stems (rhizomes) and forming clumps as broad as tall.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Eastern North America west to Louisiana and south to Palm Beach and Collier counties.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Pinelands and scrubby flatwoods.

Soils: Moist to dry, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.

Nutritional Requirements: Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: High; does not require any supplemental water once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: White to pinkish.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy.

Flowering Season: Spring.

Fruit: Shiny black drupe.

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

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