Gaylussacia dumosa
dwarf huckleberry

Gaylussacia dumosa
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Gaylussacia dumosa
Common name: dwarf huckleberry
Group: dicot
Family: Ericaceae
Growth type: shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 8-24"
Foliage: alternate, thick and shining with a bristle (mucrinate) tip
Flower: 1/8-3/8" long, bell shaped; white to pale pink; fruit black, covered with short hairs, perfect, in one sided races
Flowering time: flowers late May to late June; fruits late July into September
Habitat: bogs, wet sandy soil
Range in New Jersey: common throughout the southern and central portion of the state
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. This species is distinguished from other local blueberries and huckleberries by the mucronate tip on each leaf (tiny pointed tip) and by the smaller leaves berries interspersed with the foliage rather than at the end. Gaylussacia species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species.