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Our native Salal tends to be overlooked if not totally ignored by the gardener. The blue-black berries were at one time a staple food of the native people of this region, and can be a tasty berry to make into jelly or jam.
Our native Salal is so common and adaptable to our region that it tends to be overlooked if not totally ignored by the gardener. It is a lush shrub, growing typically 3-6 feet tall, forming thickets (good bird habitat) in shade or partial shade. The leaves are somewhat large, with an almost reptilian texture of the richest green hue. The flowers, that are abundant in spring and early summer, are clusters of drooping bell-shaped white-to-pinkish flowers, delicate and lovely in contrast to the tougher-looking foliage. The blue-black berries that follow were at one time a staple food of the native people of this region, and can be a tasty berry to make into jelly or jam. Or, simply left in place to provide food for visiting birds to your garden. As an evergreen, it provides color and texture to the winter garden, and year-round is relatively pest and disease free. Salal grows best in partial shade, but is perfectly adaptable to a more open, south-facing sunny location as long as it has good drainage and a dampish root run.
Latin Name: Gaultheria shallon
Also Known As: Gaultheria
Light: Full shade, 1/2 day shade, 1/2 day sun
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 3-6 ft
Bloom Time: Late Spring to Early Summer
Harvest Time: Late Summer-Early Fall
Rootstock: Own roots
Yield: 1 pint
Food Forest Use: Shrub Layer
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A guide to choosing the right size
1 Quart = Available for immediate dispatch. Plants are between 3in-36in in height. They are like small plug plants with deep (5in) roots that will get established very quickly.
Bareroot = Field grown plants that have been freshly lifted and supplied with no soil around the roots. Only available during the dormant period November-April.
1 Gallon & larger = Container grown or bare root plants (planted in containers while dormant) and can be planted all year round. Nursery standard container size (also called #1). The size refers to the amount of soil that the container holds which is slightly less than 1 gallon. Please note that at the moment we do not ship gallon and larger plants.