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Gaultheria shallon


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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Colourful new growth, Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


photo by Geoff Kidd, copyright GAP Photos (275918)

Plant details

This is a rather attractive thicket-forming, evergreen shrub from the west coast of North America with thick leathery leaves. The little clusters of pretty, pinkish, urn-shaped flowers are followed by aromatic, dark purple, edible berries. In mild climates it can be invasive.

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Gaultheria

Species: shallon

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Colourful new growth, Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 200cm

Time to plant seeds: October to March

Time to divide plants: March to March

Flowering period: May to June

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