Salal - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Patricia A Chant
Baggs, WY
Question by pchant
January 19, 2000
Do you have information about the plant named Salal or lemon leaf?

Answer from NGA
January 19, 2000


Salal, or Gaultheria shallon, can be upright or ground crawling, and grows from 6" to 3' in height; it can be sparse or form dense barrier almost impossible to penetrate. Salal spreads by suckering and is probably the most dominant shrub in the Pacific Northwest coastal forest area. The leaves are evergreen, spoon shaped and pointed, 2 to 4 inches long, shiny dark green, leathery and tough, with fine toothed edges.

The flowers are bell shaped and hang like necklace beads along the end of the twigs; they all face downwards. they appear from May to July.

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