Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California.
Habitat: Forest understory and edge marine headlands, from sea level to moderate elevation in the mountains.
Growth Duration: Perennial
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Erect or spreading evergreen shrub to 2 m tall; stems 50-200 cm, younger twigs glandular, older stems becoming glabrous.
Leaves leathery and glabrous, alternate, elliptic to ovate, 5-9 cm long and 3-5 cm broad, finely toothed.
Inflorescence racemose, 5-15 flowers, 5-17 cm long, glandular, white to pinkish bracts; calyx deeply 5-lobed, white to red, reddish-glandular, sepals 3-5 mm; corolla 5-lobed, urn-shaped, white to pinkish, glandular, 7-10 mm; anthers awned, dehiscing by subterminal pores.
Capsule berry-like, surrounded by persistent calyx, globose, fleshy, bluish-black, 6-10 mm in diameter.
PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Gaultheria shallon in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.
WA Flora Checklist: Gaultheria shallon checklist entry.
OregonFlora: Gaultheria shallon information.
E-Flora BC: Gaultheria shallon atlas page.
CalPhotos: Gaultheria shallon photos.
USDA Plants: Gaultheria shallon information.