Gaylussacia dumosa (Andrews) Torr. & A. Gray
Ericaceae (Heath Family)
Synonym(s): Gaylussacia bigeloviana, Gaylussacia dumosa var. bigeloviana, Gaylussacia orocola, Lasiococcus dumosus, Lasiococcus dumosus var. bigelovianus, Lasiococcus orocola
USDA Symbol: gadu
A low, rhizomatous, blueberry-like shrub, 3-15 in. tall, with deciduous or semi-evergreen leaves and shiny-black berries. Leaves are 1 in. long and widest toward the tip. Flowers are cream, cup-shaped and five-lobed.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AL , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , LA , MA , MD , ME , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , WV
Canada: NB , NL , NS , PE
Native Distribution: Nf. to FL & LA
Native Habitat: Low pinelands, pond margins & bogs; dry, sandy woods
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Sandy, acid soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS
BibliographyBibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski
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Research LiteratureReslit 101 - Flammability of native understory species in pine flatwood and hardwood hammock ecosystems and implications for the wildland-urban interface (2004) A. L. Behm, M. L. Duryea, A. J. Long and W. C. Zip...
Reslit 1948 - Native Vaccinium spp. and Gaylussacia spp. infested by Rhagoletis mendax (Diptera : Tephritidae) in the Great Lakes region: A potential source of inoculum for infestation of cultivated blueberries (2001) J. J. Smith, V. Gavrilovic and D. R. Smitley
This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Gaylussacia dumosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Gaylussacia dumosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Gaylussacia dumosa
MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-09-08
Research By: TWC Staff