Huckleberry Bush-Obtaining

Q: Do know where I can obtain some huckleberry bushes? We had them in our backyard growing up. I tried to transplant some last fall but they didn’t survive.

A: Theresa Schrum, at Eco Terra Landscape, says when it comes to the common name ‘huckleberry” there is a problem. That name is applied to a large number of shrubs, all of which bear edible fruit. There is black huckleberry (^Gaylussacia baccata^), box huckleberry (^Gaylussacia brachycera^), red huckleberry (^Vaccinium parvifolium^) and California huckleberry (^Vaccinium ovatum^). Those in the genus ^Gaylussacia^ are considered the “true” huckleberries. Those in the genus ^Vaccinium^ are more closely related to blueberries. In my experience, huckleberries grow only in the higher reaches of the north Georgia mountains. You’ll be more successful with blueberries in the Atlanta area.