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Gaylussacia brachycera (Michx.) A. Gray
Synonym(s): Buxella brachycera
USDA Symbol: GABR5
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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
, WV Native Distribution: PA
& Lexington Co., SC,
w. to KY
& TN Native Habitat:
Wooded hillsides; mt. slopes
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
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Mt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff