Salal
(Aka Gaultheria shallon)

A leathery-leaved shrub in the heather family, native to western North America.

Ripe salal berries

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.

Salal leaves

Salal leaves


Notes
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).
Categories: shrubs flora edible


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