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Common Name: Bear Huckleberry
Gaylussacia ursina is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 1.80 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
South-eastern N. America.
Wooded slopes and summits, often in acid humus[
Requires a lime-free moist peaty soil, thriving in sun or part shade[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
Seed - best sown in the autumn in a cold frame[
]. Stored seed requires 1 month warm stratification followed by 2 months cold[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots of lime-free compost and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer when they are at least 15cm tall.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, mid summer in a frame[
Division in spring.