Gaylussacia baccata (Wangenh.) K. Koch
Decachaena baccata (Wangenh.) Small
Black Huckleberry, Common Huckleberry
Black huckleberry is a North American native.
Identification: Shrubs are 12-36" (30-91 cm) in height, with stiff branches that are light brown or greenish when young, changing to gray or black with age. Shrubs are found in colonies. Leaves are oval, becoming orange/red in the fall. Leaves are coated with gold-colored resin glands. The resin can be seen by rubbing the leaves between your fingers, or on a piece of paper. Flowers are pink, about ⅜" (9.5 mm) in size, and urn-shaped, in racemes. They bloom from May to July. Berries contain 10 seeds, fewer than blueberries.
This Gaylussacia and Vaccinium comparison chart com­pares these closely related genera, both of which contain plants called huckleberries.
Edibility: Delicious raw or cooked, though seedy; spicy and sweet.
Gaylussacia baccata at Illinois Wildflowers
Gaylussacia baccata at the University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium
Gaylussacia baccata on www.nswildflora.ca (excellent photos)
Gaylussacia baccata at the University of Michigan Herbarium
Gaylussacia baccata on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Gaylussacia baccata at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Gaylussacia baccata on www.carolinanature.com
Gaylussacia baccata on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database
Gaylussacia baccata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 5 Oct 2016.