Myrica gale
Sweetgale

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Full SunRain GardenPart ShadeBird Friendly
DESCRIPTION
Sweetgale
Myrica gale

This dense, rounded shrub features narrow, fragrant green leaves whorled on stems that create great cover for native birds. Sweetgale thrives in wet soil conditions where few others can, while creating an attractive mass planting. Fall fruit is attractive to native birds.

BENEFITS
Provides food and cover to Yellow-rumped Warblers
Great cover and nesting for native birds
Helps bring nitrogen to poor soil areas
Easy to grow and thrives in wet conditions
Tolerates brackish and saltmarsh conditions
Foliage fragrant when crushed
NATIVE INFO

Native Range

Moist areas from Maine through Pennsylvania, the upper midwest, Washington, Idaho and Oregon as well as Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina

Interesting Facts

Campers frequently hang bunches of Sweetgale foliage in tents to repel insects. Its sweetly scented foliage has been or is currently used in perfumes, to flavor food and drinks, as a dye or to create sweetly scented candles.

GROWING TIPS

Prefers marshlands, bogs, wet sites along the borders of small lakes, pond, and streams.

Mature Size: 4-6ft. Wide x 4-6ft. Tall

Hardiness Zone: 2-6

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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