Gaultheria shallon

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Butterfly FriendlyPart ShadeShadeBird Friendly
Gaultheria shallon

Large, round, evergreen leaves line fountain-like stems that form a thicket in native landscape.  Its tight growing habit allows for great songbird cover while the spring blooming, white to pink, bell-shaped flowers are a nectar bonanza for native insects.  Fruit is edible and a songbird magnet!

Larval host for brown elfin butterfly
Flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds
Perfect for massing in semi-shade
Edible fruit is prized by native birds
Great for hiding native critters from predators

Native Range

Shaded woodlands from Alaska south to California

Interesting Facts

These berries are a key source of food for wildlife and were once a staple in the diet of coastal Native Americans. The berries are still used today to make jelly, while its leaves are used in flower arrangements and are often sold as lemon leaves.


This plant loves moist conditions in filtered shade. The leaves will scorch in too much sun. 

Mature Size: 2-6ft. Tall x 2-5ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 6-10

Sun Exposure: Part Shade to Full Shade

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