Dwarf huckleberry is a North American native shrub.
Identification: Shrubs are 12-30" (30-75 cm) in height,
and heavily branched.
Young twigs are covered with short, curly hairs.
Leaves are 1" (2.5 cm) long, leathery, and obovate to elliptic.
Flowers are bell-shaped, cream-colored, tinged with
pink, appearing in June. Fruits are berries about ¼" (8 mm) in diameter, each with 10 seeds, fewer than for blueberries.
This Gaylussacia and Vaccinium comparision chart com­pares these closely related genera, both of which contain plants called huckleberries.
Edibility: Fruits are reported both as "watery and insipid" and
"juicy and deliciously spicy," probably as a result of misidentification of the type of huckleberry.