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Commonly known as Box berry, Mountain tea, Salal, Shallon
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.
EvergreenRed shoots and broadly oval, sharp-pointed, bristly toothed, glossy, dark-green leaves to 10cm (4in) long.
FruitPlants which produce an edible or ornamental fruitEdible fruits known as Salal in the Pacific Northwest, not as tasty as blueberries, but edible nonetheless
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in heightCompact, bushy shrub spreading vigorously by suckers. Flowers in arching racemes to 10cm (4in) long of broadly urn-shaped flowers.
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowGood for game cover and shelter for wildlife.Pests & DiseasesNonePlace of originWestern North America.Resistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Garden Location/ConditionsBog gardenWoodland garden
Soil ConditionsNeutral to acid soilPeaty and moistWet or boggy soil
Buy Varieties of GAULTHERIA
bright red berries
white flowers, crimson berries
pale pink berries
white flowers and magenta-purple berries which deepen in colour with age
bright scarlet berries
pure white berries - sometimes speckled pink