Sodding Suggestions- Native Huckleberry Sod

Huckleberry – Galussacia baccata

 

Specifics:

Scientific Name: Gaylussacia baccata

Common name: Black huckleberry

Hardiness: USDA Hardiness Zones 5-9

How Sold: In slabs approximately 16″ x 24″  Contact us today to purchase some for your yard project!

Landscape use: Understory, naturalistic garden, as a hedge, or in a bog. Provide morning sun for the best flower and fruit production. Multiple-season interest. Flowers in spring, fruit in summer, brilliant foliage in autumn. Attracts pollinators and feeds the wildlife making it a good fit for a naturalistic garden. It’s on the small side, growing from 1-3 feet tall and wide.

Description: Deciduous colonial shrub with clusters of small bell-shaped pink to red flowers in spring, followed in summer by dark edible berries. Grows 1-3 feet tall and wide. Black huckleberry is a deciduous colonial shrub with clusters of small bell-shaped pink to red flowers in spring, followed by dark berries in summer. Fall foliage ranges from a brilliant orange to a fiery red. Black huckleberry’s fruit is often mistaken for blueberry but huckleberries fruit later than blueberries and the fruit is glossy purple-black. G. baccata is native to New England, the Northeastern U.S., Mid-Atlantic states, the Southeast, throughout the Gulf Coast, and in parts of the Midwest.

Planting Instructions:   If you have good, acidic soil, but it is full of rocks, this plant will just keep spreading around, saving you from having to work with rocky soil. The other advantage Huckleberry has over growing Blueberries is it will do fine in partial shade, whereas Blueberries need full to almost full sun. Dig the hole 16” wide by 24” long and 1-1/2” deep to accommodate the slab.   Water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start.

Care & Maintenance: The preference is partial sun, mesic to dry conditions, and an acidic soil that is sandy or rocky. Plants that are grown in too much shade may fail to produce flowers and fruit. The flowers are self-fertile, but fruit production is better when there is cross-pollination.

Diseases & Pests: The blueberry maggot (Rhagoletis mendax), which feeds on native blueberries and huckleberries is the most important pest to growers. Berries infested by this insect are not acceptable on the market, cannot be removed by any winnowing process, and must be removed by hand.

 

References:

http://www.nurserymag.com/article/gaylussacia-baccata/

https://pfaf.org/User/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Gaylussacia+baccata

https://books.google.com/books?id=b-scntoSJ7QC&pg=PA33&lpg=PA33&dq=Gaylussacia+baccata+diseases+and+pests&source=bl&ots=jyPEyGP7or&sig=xof6FkTc_n8OcX6WMFhJql7XIpc&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjTs5Hymc7ZAhUirVkKHfvJCT8Q6AEIhwEwDw#v=onepage&q=Gaylussacia%20baccata%20diseases%20and%20pests&f=false

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