A plant of amazing
genetic diversity that can grow in full
sun at the coast or in full shade in a
Cascade forest. Salal offers uniquely-shaped
pendulate flowers, tasty edible berries
and lovely evergreen foli-age, often used
in floral arrangements. All this in a
plant with a compact size, year-round
interest and that integrates well into
many landscapes. In nature, when in shadde,
this plant is often found with Sword Fern
and Forest Oregon Grape.
and tall, depening on site conditions
and age. Readily prunable.
Partial sun to full
shade. Average to
moist soil. Prefers a good duff layer.
Where to plant
Ideally in the shade,
though it can take some sun. For example,
along north side of a house, fence or
tree/shrub. May also be planted as a border
or along walks or driveways, particularly
if there is half-day shade or filtered
sun. Works well planted and trimmed as
a low hedge, or mixed with taller evergreens
(i.e., Evergreen Huckleberry) for a larger
hedge. If in the shade, consider planting
with Sword Fern and/or Forest Oregon Grape.
Did you know?
A poultice made from the leaves may be
used to ease discomfort from insect stings
• Salal is harvested locally
and sold worldwide as an evergreen in
• The berries are loaded with
vitamins and antioxidants.