Gaultheria shallon, Salal

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An evergreen, shrubby ground cover with bright to dark green shiny round leaves. White, urn-shaped flower clusters in spring and summer followed by blue-black fruit which (we're told) can make a nice jam if you're so inclined. Or the birds will thank you for providing them a food source. The glossy, thick leaves and fuzzy stems are popular in flower arrangments.

Salal can be thicket-forming in amenable conditions--the stems will recline and root as the plant spreads, therefore, give it lots of room or plan ways to keep it in check. This easy-care, stalwart, Pacific NW native should not be overlooked for shady or part-shady areas of your garden. It can also thrive in full sun if given summer water.

Mature size: variable in height from 1 foot to 5 feet or more in cool, coastal conditions.

Minimum temperature: -20° F

Flower spike photo by Robert Flogaus-Faust, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Salal thicket with berries ripening photo by CraigxC, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons