(Aka Gaultheria shallon)
A leathery-leaved shrub in the heather family, native to western North America.
Ripe salal berries
It is a common coniferous forest understory species and can dominate large areas. In coastal areas, it can form dense, nearly impenetrable thickets.
1. For a complete and detailed description of this shrub, click here.
2. Edible: Its dark blue berries and its young leaves are both edible. The berries were a significant food resource for native people, who both ate them fresh and dried them into cakes. They were also used as a sweetener.
3. The name salal derives from the Chinook kl-kwu-shá-la (OED).
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