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GAULTHERIA

Commonly known as Box berry, Mountain tea, Salal, Shallon

(Formerly PERNETTYA)

Genus of about 170 species of evergreen shrubs, some rhizomatous, widely distributed in woodland and open, moist, rocky places in the Himalayas, eastern Asia, Australasia and North, Central and South America.

Wintergreen oil, from G. procumbens is the common flavouring for toothpaste and mouthwash (Listerine) and was well-known as a muscle rub.

Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    Red shoots and broadly oval, sharp-pointed, bristly toothed, glossy, dark-green leaves to 10cm (4in) long.
  • White
    Tinged pink.
  • Height
    1.2cm (4ft)
  • Spread
    1.5m (5ft)
  • Fruit
    Plants which produce an edible or ornamental fruit
    Edible fruits known as Salal in the Pacific Northwest, not as tasty as blueberries, but edible nonetheless
  • Medium shrub
    Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
    Compact, bushy shrub spreading vigorously by suckers. Flowers in arching racemes to 10cm (4in) long of broadly urn-shaped flowers.
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Good for game cover and shelter for wildlife.
    Pests & Diseases
    None
    Place of origin
    Western North America.
    Resistant to honey fungus
    These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Bog garden
    Woodland garden
  • Soil Conditions
    Neutral to acid soil
    Peaty and moist
    Wet or boggy soil
Gaultheria - Growing Guide
1.2cm (4ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Watering Can
  1.5m (5ft)
 

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GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Bells Seedling'

GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Bells Seedling'

Box berry, Mountain tea, Prickly heath

bright red berries

 
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GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Crimsonia'

GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Crimsonia'

Box berry, Mountain tea, Prickly heath

white flowers, crimson berries

 
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GAULTHERIA mucronata mascula

GAULTHERIA mucronata mascula

Box berry, Mountain tea, Prickly heath

male form

 
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GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Mother of Pearl'

GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Mother of Pearl'

Box berry, Mountain tea, Prickly heath

pale pink berries

 
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GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Mulberry Wine'

GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Mulberry Wine'

Box berry, Mountain tea, Prickly heath

white flowers and magenta-purple berries which deepen in colour with age

 
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GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Signal'

GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Signal'

Box berry, Mountain tea, Prickly heath

bright scarlet berries

 
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GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Snow White'

GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Snow White'

Box berry, Mountain tea, Prickly heath

pure white berries - sometimes speckled pink

 
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