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Gaylussacia brachycera (Michx.) Gray
USDA Symbol: GABR5
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Spreading evergreen shrub, 6-18 in. high, sometimes forming large colonies. Foliage is dark, glossy green, becoming deep bronze to reddish-purple in winter. Flowers are white or pinkish and urn-shaped, borne in few-flowered, axillary clusters. Berries are dark blue & edible.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
DE , KY , MD , PA , TN , VA , WV Native Distribution:
PA to VA & Lexington Co., SC, w. to KY & TN Native Habitat:
Wooded hillsides; mt. slopes USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Description:
Sandy, acid soil. Conditions Comments:
An intriguing evergreen
ground cover, suitable to areas beneath pines and rhododendrons where the soil is acid and well-drained. No serious disease or insect problems. Absolutely requires loose, acidic soils supplied with ample organic matter.
PropagationDescription: Untreated seeds are slow to germinate. Treatment is recommended. The success of cuttings is variable. Best results seem to occur with treated late summer or fall cuttings.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Warm followed by cold stratification; one month per treatment.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
American Native Nursery
- Quakertown, PA
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff