Plant Salal, get little edible berries

Plant Salal, get little edible berries

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.

  • Binomial Name: Gaultheria shallon
  • Soil Type: Most soil types, well drained
  • Sunlight: Sun to partial shade
  • Plant Type: shrub
  • Foliage: Evergreen

By the City Landscape and Urban Forestry Department