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Myrica gale

More About Myrica gale

  • AKA Myrica palustris
  • Waxy, yellow catkins appear before the leaves
  • Fragrant, blue-green to dark green foliage
  • Upright, oval habit
  • Nitrogen-fixing species
  • Grows well at water's edge or in bogs
  • Bloom Time: May

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario and the rest of Canada.

The aromatic fruits are used fresh or dried to flavour soups, stews and sometimes put in beer to improve flavour and increase foaming. The dried leaves make a delictate tea. Wax from the fruit's pulp is used in candle making and a fragrant, essential oil can be extracted from the fruit. The bark can be used to dye wool. 

Zone:

1

Height:

100-125 cm

Spread:

80-100 cm

Colour:

Yellow
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Sweet Gale Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows best in a moist soil and suckers freely making it an excellent choice for re-naturalization. Plant in sun or partial shade. 


Myrica gale Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Fragrant
Fragrant
Bog or water garden
Bog or water garden

Soil Moisture

Moist to Average
Moist to Wet Soils
Wetland (Root submerged)

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Deciduous

Flowering Time

Early Spring

Habit

Oval
Clumping
Upright

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Naturalizing

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