Dangleberry bushes growing wild in forest
Synonyms: Decachaena frondosa
Other names: Blue huckleberry.
Dangleberry is plant of the Eastern United States. The plant is virtually a look alike of blueberry.
Leaves 2.5-7 cm long with distinctly bluish glaucous formed by a bloom of whitish powder that can be rubbed of with a finger, having resinous glands on ventral side,
Flowers small, urn shaped, pinkish green, 2-4 mm long.
A fruit bearing shoot
Fruit fleshy drupe, glaucous, blue, 8 mm in diameter.
Ripe dangleberry fruits
Two varieties are recognized: Gaylussacia frondosa var. tomentosa has densely tomentose twigs, branchlets and leaf undersides. They are clothed with soft, matted, wooly hairs. Gaylussacia frondosa var. frondosa has glabrous twigs and leaf undersides, lacking the wooly hairs.
Dangleberries bear tasty fruits which are sweet as well as juicy. These are good to eat. The fruits can also be made into a jam
This plant makes a great border shrub, staying under 1 m in height. Ideally, huckleberries should be planted along paths in the woodland garden where they provide flowers, fruit and structure in light shade.
New plants should be raised from stem cuttings. The best results re obtained if these are planted in the mist. Though seeds also germinate but require a lot of cold stratification and therefore difficult as well as slow.