(Ericaceae – heath family)
Huckleberry. About 40 species of shrubs, mostly of S. America, but several native to N. America. Cultivated chiefly as ornamentals. Closely related to blueberries, some species bear edible blueberry-like fruit.
An exceptionally rugged, long-lived, and low-maintenance ground cover, once established. Spreads slowly to form a solid cover. The sweet and flavorful berries are often gathered along with wild blueberries. Shade-tolerant, growing well in the forest understory, but for fruit production should have plenty of light. Requires a somewhat acidic soil (like blueberries) and prefers sandy soil. For fruit production, plant 2 or more.
Dry Soil, Moist Soil
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8