Huckleberry – What Is It

Q: We are taking care of my elderly parents’ home in a subdivision named Huckleberry Ridge. What are huckleberries? Will they grow here?

A: “Huckleberry” is a name given to several plants. True huckleberry is Gaylussacia baccata. It grows mostly in the Northeast and Canada. The blueberry family Vaccinum contains various small-fruited plants known as huckleberry, lingonberry, sparkleberry, farklebery, partridgeberry, etc. All of them grow best in the Appalachian mountains so my bet is that you won’t have much success with any of them.