Squaw Huckleberry, Highbush Huckleberry, Buckberry, Southern Gooseberry
Deerberry is a common native deciduous shrub found throughout Virginia. It usually grows to be 5 feet high, but can grow to be twice that tall. It is pollinated by bees and starts to bloom in April; it stays in bloom until June. The name comes from deer eating the ripe fruit, which ripens in the late summer and early fall. Birds and mammals also eat the berries. Deerberry is in the same genus as some of the shrubs that produce huckleberries, and the berries are sometimes called Squaw or Highbush Huckleberries.
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