Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
Grow Me Instead


Gaultheria shallon

About This Species

Zone 6a BC Native

Grow me instead of English ivy

Salal is a medium-sized shrub with glossy, leathery oval leaves with pointed tips and white bell-shaped flowers in early spring. It is native to the Pacific Northwest, and its attractive leaves are prized for floral arrangements. In the summer, the clusters of black berries that appear are edible and loved by birds. Salal is drought and moisture tolerant and thrives in a wide range of exposures from full sun to shade.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Drought-tolerant
  • Fire smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Moist but well-drained conditions