Gaylussacia frondosa tall huckleberry Ericaceae GAFR; R, ev, h, lp, t;

Gaylussacia frondosa.Martin Schoofs.Greenbelt Native Plant Center.S. I. N.Y. C.US Botanic Gardens and Botanic Gardens Conservation International .clminternship.org

Gaylussacia frondosa.Martin Schoofs.Greenbelt Native Plant Center.S. I. N.Y. C.US Botanic Gardens and Botanic Gardens Conservation International .Conservation and Land Management Program.clminternship.org (Accessed 7/2014).

Gaylussacia frondosa is a shrub to 2 m tall, roots associated with highly specialized ascomycota ericoid mycorrhizae, (Allen1991) that increase nutrient uptake, colonial from underground stems.

Leaves alternate, to 7 cm long, pale blue-green, finely hairy whitish below, resin dots below. 

Flowers white, urn-shaped 0.3-0.45 cm long, on elongate slender stalks; in open, pendant, unbranched clusters accompanied by small, green bracts, May-June, flowers pollinated by bumble bees & smaller bees (Rathcke 1988). 

Fruit fleshy, blue with white bloom, ca 0.7 cm, on long, pendant stalk; Aug.-Sept. Seeds ca 10. Seed load 6%. pulp nutrients: water 83%, lipid 1%, protein 2%, CHO 33% (White 1989). Fruits edible, sweet, but seedy, eaten by many birds and mammals, including raccoons (Martin et al 1951; Wilson 1993). 

Wetland status: FAC. 

Frequency in New York City: Infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Understory of moist, undisturbed oak woods typically on acidic, nutrient-poor soil.