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(Vaccinium elliottii )
The Heath Family (Ericaceae)

Shrub with alternate, deciduous leaves; reddish-brown, “shreddy” bark; small pinkish-white flowers and small black berries.

Habitat: 

Upland forests, wetland areas; well-drained soil required.

Interesting Facts: 

Also commonly called Summer Huckleberry because fruit mature in late spring / early summer. One of first plants to bloom in the spring, providing early spring flowers to its habitat. Fruit can be eaten raw or made into jellies or desserts.

Fruit: 
Small, edible black berry about .3" in diameter.
Flower: 
Small, white to pink, elongated bell-shaped, in clusters of 3-5, appearing in spring with or just before the leaves.
Wildlife value: 
Fruit eaten by mammals and fruit-eating songbirds; pollen serves as a late winter/early spring food source for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators; not a common cover source.
Flowers
Fruit
Leaf type: 
Simple
Pollinator: 
Wildlife value: 
Tree dimensions: 

Leaf length: 1.50- inches
Tree height: 4.00-12.00 feet

Where to find Elliott’s Huckleberry on the Louisiana State Arboretum Trails:

PAW - Pawpaw Loop Trail 13.0

BBR - Backbone Ridge Trail 6.0

Refer to our Live Map to locate this species and its interpretative signage on the trail system.