Comptonia peregrina /Sweet Fern

Comptonia peregrina   / Comptonia peregrina
Foliage in early spring
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Foliage in early spring

Plants generally twice as wide as tall

A closer view of foliage

Foliage looks similar to that of some ferns

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Scientific Name: Comptonia peregrina
Common Name: Sweet Fern
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Green, Yellow
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Comments: Foliage resembles that of ferns and is fragrant, especially when crushed. Monoecious male and female flowers on the same plant and are small greenish-yellow catkins and of no importance. Old stems are a coppery or purple color. This plant is difficult to transplant. Like legumes, it has the ability to fix nitrogen.