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  • Full Shade to Full Sun (Can Grow In Most Sunlight Conditions)
  • Mature Height 4 - 6 Feet
  • Mature Spread 4 - 6 Feet
  • Growing Zones 2 - 8

Sweetgale is a charming plant that can live in some of the most challenging conditions. The dark, glossy green foliage is narrow and has a pleasant scent. The green-hued flowers are not very showy and give way to small berries later in the season. As a native plant, Sweetgale requires very little care once it has settled in, but more importantly, this plant provides food and shelter for various native birds. 

This shrub thrives in wet conditions, so it is a natural choice for damp areas, along streams, or near ponds or marshes. Sweetgale is so hardy it can even handle brackish and saltmarsh conditions. This shrub grows as a perennial in USDA zones 2 through 8.

Sweetgale Care

Plant in a location that receives between 4 and 6 hours of sunlight. Soil should be rich, moist, and well-drained. Sweetgale thrives in damp conditions and has high water needs. This plant does not need to be watered when the soil is naturally wet, but monitor the conditions and water when the top few inches of soil dry out.

New plants benefit from a fertilizer high in phosphorus, while established shrubs do best with a balanced fertilizer applied during the spring. Prune and shape as needed after the flowers fade.

Sweetgale Spacing

This upright shrub has a mounded form and will reach 4 to 6 feet tall and equally wide. Create a full mass planting by spacing shrubs 3 to 5 feet apart.

Sweetgale Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 2 - 8
Plant Type: Bushes
Light Exposure: Full Shade to Full Sun (Can Grow In Most Sunlight Conditions)
Mature Height: 4 - 6 Feet
Mature Spread: 4 - 6 Feet
Spacing: 4 - 6 Feet
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Blue, Brown, Green, Yellow
Flower Description:
Bloom Period: July To September
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer
Tolerates: Drought
Attracts: Birds
Container Role:
Uses: Hedges & Privacy, Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point, Wildlife Gardens
Features: Foliage Interest, Fragrant, Low Maintenance, Native to North America
Brand: American Beauties Native Plants
Common Name: Sweetgale
Other Name(s):
Scientific Name: MYRICA GALE

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.