Gaylussacia dumosa

dwarf huckleberry


wildlife plant

Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 1-2 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      black
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers, fall color


Recommended Uses: Groundcover for dry sites. Clonal (forms small clumps of stems).It has deep red foliage in fall.
Considerations: Slow growing and difficult to establish.
Propagation: Seed. Division.
Availability: Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: Acidic


wildlife plant  
Birds and small mammals eat the fruit. Attracts native bees.
Native Habitats: Sandhills, flatwoods, flatwoods, flatwoods-wetland transition zones, hydric seep slopes including cutthroat seeps and edges of shrub-tree bogs, scrubby flatwoods, scrub.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Edible. Sometimes used in pies and jams. Seedy.