Gaylussacia brachycera

Box Huckleberry


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Box Huckleberry. This now rare in the wild blueberry relative is a choice little shrub that is notable on multiple counts. Compact habit to a foot or more tall and slowly spreading by rhizomes, this has good glossy evergreen leaves turning bronzy in winter with small whitish urn-shaped flowers giving way to edible blue berries. This is being marketed under the trademark name 'Berried Treasure' which might give the impression that it is a superior selection of an already outstanding species but it is the typical species with a more pronounceable marketing name. Marketing hype will be the death of horticulture.


Plant Type

  • Shrub
  • Evergreen

Mature Size


Hardiness Zones

  • Zone 5a (-20 °F)
  • Zone 5b (-15 °F)
  • Zone 6a (-10 °F)
  • Zone 6b (-5 °F)
  • Zone 7a (0 °F)
  • Zone 7b (5 °F)
  • Zone 8a (10 °F)
  • Zone 8b (15 °F)

Sun Exposure

  • Part Shade - Part Sun

Water Needs

  • Moderate
  • Moist

Bloom Time

  • Spring
  • Summer