Gaultheria shallon

Evergreen groundcover/creeping shrub that grows up to 5′ tall. Glossy evergreen leaves with white urn-shaped flowers that hang down along the stem and fruits that are reddish-blue to dark purple. Foliage used in floral arrangements. Helps prevent weed establishment. Ideal for areas where tall shrubs are not desired but neither are weeds.

Salal flower
salal

Photo credit: Chris Evans

salal fruit

Photo credit: Chris Evans

  • Salal flower
  • salal
  • salal fruit

Plant Details

Habitat:
Riparian Forests
Bottomland Forests
Mixed Hardwood-Conifer Forest or Woodland
Mixed Hardwood-Conifer Forest or Woodland
Mature Height:
2-3’
Shade Preference:
Partial Shade,
Soil Tolerance:
Dry to moist
Special Uses:
Attracts insects, bees and butterflies; Provides wildlife forage, cover and food; Ornamental; Deer resistant
Arboretum Locations:
Cheldelin Middle School Arboretum
Crescent Valley High School Arboretum
Year(s) Planted:
2012, 2012