Huckleberry
(Elliott's Blueberry - Mayberry)
Vaccinium elliottii
Ericaceae (Heath) Family

The plant is an upright, bushy shrub to nine feet in height. The branches and twigs are thin, spreading, typically greenish in color (may be reddish as seen above), zig-zag and somewhat downy. The vegetative buds are small, red and pointed. Its preferred habitat is both wetlands and uplands; bottomland woods, stream banks, wet thickets and clearings, and mixed pine and hardwood forests. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are alternate on the stem consisting of one whole part, deciduous (may be a bit tardy), elliptical in outline and up to one and one-half inch long (usually under one inch). There may be a few scattered teeth or serrated on the margins. The color is shiny green above and below; somewhat thickened.

The flowers are small, white to pink, elongated bell-shaped, in clusters of three to five. The flowers appear in early spring (often before the last frost) and just before the leaves emerge. The flower buds are considerably larger and more rounded than the stem buds.

The plant bark is reddish brown and very shreddy.

Fruit is a small black berry that ripens by mid-summer. The fruits are sweet and edible.

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