(Vaccinium elliottii )
The Heath Family (Ericaceae)

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


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.

Small, edible black berry about .3" in diameter.
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.
Leaf type: 
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.