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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Fruit - raw or cooked[1][2][3]. Deliciously spicy and sweet, they can be eaten out of hand or used in pies, preserves etc[4]. They can also be dried for later use[5]. The dried fruit can be ground into a powder then mixed with cereal flours to make bread[6]. The fruit is rather seedy[7]. The fruit is about 8mm in diameter[8].

Fruit

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Gaylussacia baccata.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

An infusion of the leaves, or the bark, has been used in the treatment of dysentery[6]. An infusion of the leaves has been used in the treatment of Bright's disease[6].

Unknown part

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - best sown in the autumn in a cold frame[8]. Stored seed requires 1 month warm stratification followed by 2 months cold[9]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots of lime-free compost and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer when they are at least 15cm tall.

Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[8]. Layering.

Division in spring.

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Cultivation

Requires a lime-free moist peaty soil, thriving in sun or part shade[2][10][8].

Plants are hardy to about -15°c[8]. Occasionally cultivated for its edible fruit, there are some named varieties selected for their larger fruits[11][12].

The small oval leaves are covered with globules on the underside from which a resinous gum is exuded[13].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Gaylussacia baccata. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Gaylussacia baccata.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Gaylussacia baccata
Genus
Gaylussacia
Family
Ericaceae
Imported References
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
6
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    1 x 1 meters
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    ?
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type











    References

    1. ? 1.01.1 Hedrick. U. P. Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World. Dover Publications ISBN 0-486-20459-6 (1972-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.12.2 Simmons. A. E. Growing Unusual Fruit. David and Charles ISBN 0-7153-5531-7 (1972-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.1 Harris. B. C. Eat the Weeds. Pivot Health (1973-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.1 Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 Elias. T. and Dykeman. P. A Field Guide to N. American Edible Wild Plants. Van Nostrand Reinhold ISBN 0442222009 (1982-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.16.26.36.4 Moerman. D. Native American Ethnobotany Timber Press. Oregon. ISBN 0-88192-453-9 (1998-00-00)
    7. ? 7.07.1 Britton. N. L. Brown. A. An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada Dover Publications. New York. ISBN 0-486-22642-5 (1970-00-00)
    8. ? 8.08.18.28.38.48.58.6 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    9. ? Dirr. M. A. and Heuser. M. W. The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation. Athens Ga. Varsity Press ISBN 0942375009 (1987-00-00)
    10. ? Thomas. G. S. Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos. Murray ISBN 0-7195-5043-2 (1992-00-00)
    11. ? Sholto-Douglas. J. Alternative Foods. ()
    12. ? Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (1959-00-00)
    13. ? Genders. R. Scented Flora of the World. Robert Hale. London. ISBN 0-7090-5440-8 (1994-00-00)
    14. ? Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named PFAFimport-11
    15. ? Fernald. M. L. Gray's Manual of Botany. American Book Co. (1950-00-00)