Native Plant of the Month: Salal

By City Landscape Staff04 Native Plant Salal by City Staff

Binomial Name: Gaultheria shallon

Soil Type: Most soil types, well drained

Sunlight: Sun to partial shade

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage: Evergreen

Salal is very common near the base of trees in a forest setting. They can reach up to 10 feet tall in the right conditions. With well-drained, acidic soil that is shaded they thrive better than if they were out in the open, only being able to reach 1 to 3 feet tall and not as dense. The evergreen leaves are simple with an alternate pattern that measure 1 ¾ “to 4” long. In the summer and fall white to pink flowers with an “urn” pattern are produced which turn into little edible berries.

This Native Plant of the Month has been brought to you by the City of Beaverton’s Landscape and Urban Forestry Department. For a complete list of native plants, visit: