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Gaultheria shallon

This compact, bushy shrub has red shoots and ovate, pointed, glossy dark green leaves. Arching racemes of urn-shaped white flowers tinged with pink appear in late spring and early summer, maturing to fleshy, spherical, purple fruit measuring a half-inch across.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThis native of western North America spreads vigorously by suckers. Suitable for woodland plantings, rock gardens, or heather gardens. Edible fruits.

CareGrow in acidic to neutral, peaty, moist soil in partial shade. Tolerates full sun if soil is permanently moist.

PropagationFrom semi-ripe cuttings in summer, or remove rooted suckers in spring.

ProblemsBlack mildew, powdery mildew, leaf gall, fungal spots.

  • Genus : Gaultheria
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Spring, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest

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