The black huckleberry is a deciduous ground cover. It has a great red color in the fall and the leaves can stay on well into the winter depending on where you live. The plants are drought resistant and grow best on rocky and sandy soil. They are commonly found in dry to wet woods and thickets. Can take some sun, but will not do well in full summer sun. The plants grow to a height of 12-15 inches. The fruit is generally edible. The berries are small and round, usually less than 5 mm in diameter, and contain 10 relatively large seeds. Berries range in color according to species from bright red, through dark purple, and into the blues. In taste the berries range from tart to sweet, with a flavor similar to that of a blueberry, especially in blue/purple colored varieties. Huckleberries are a favorite of many mammals including humans..