huckleberry Ericaceae Gaylussacia spp.
Leaf:Alternate, simple, some species evergreen, elliptical to obovate, margins ciliate, 1 to 1 1/2 inch long, bright green above, underside with yellow resin dots (use lens) that will cause them to be sticky.
Flower:Small (1/4 inch), white to pink bell-shaped with 5 lobes in small axillary clusters appearing in spring.
Fruit:Small, round, blue-black, shiny berry-like drupe, edible but not very sweet, ripens in late summer; easily distinguished from blueberries by its ten large seeds.
Twig:Slender, zigzag, reddish brown with fine gray pubescent, buds small pointed and gray-brown.
Bark:Gray-brown, finely peeling.
Form:Very small, slender, multi-stemmed shrub up to 4 feet tall. Stems arise from numerous underground rhizomes.