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Comptonia peregrina (Sweetfern)

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Product Name Price Qty
Comptonia peregrina | 1 gal. pot
$23.70
Comptonia peregrina | 2 gal. pot
$45.00
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Limited quantity! The common name of Sweetfern describes the appearance of this plant, but not the scent! Aromatic rather than sweet, it does have fern-like foliage. A Pine Barrens native, this suckering shrub of the Myricaceae (bayberry) family can fix its own nitrogen from the air so grows well in infertile sandy soils. Unique and distinctive!

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The common name of Sweetfern aptly describes the appearance of this plant, but not the scent! Aromatic rather than sweet, it does have fern-like foliage. A unique native suckering shrub of the Myricaceae (bayberry) family, it has the ability to fix its own nitrogen from the air, and thus grows well in infertile sandy soils. It grows 2-4 feet high and spreads, but not invasively and is native here at the nursery, both in sun and shady areas.

Additional Information

Name Comptonia peregrina (Sweetfern)
Nursery Only No
Plant Height 2-3 ft
Plant Width 3-4 ft
Zone 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Hardy to Temp -40°F
Sun Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Soil Moisture Dry, Average
Fragrant No
Foliage Color Dark Green
Deer Resistant Yes
U.S. Native Yes
Habit Globe
New Offering No
Genus Comptonia
Species peregrina
Common Name Sweetfern
RareFind Exclusive No
Rare Plant Yes
Catalog Category Trees, Shrubs & Vines