Sweet-fern Comptonia peregrina
Family: Myricaceae (Wax-myrtle)
Sweet-fern is not actually a fern, but a short shrub.
Once learned, it's very distinctive and has a fragrant smell
when crushed. It doesn't really grow much higher than knee-level
but can form dense thickets.
Winter twig of Sweet-fern
Twigs are usually a little hairy
Closeup of a lateral bud.
Sometimes leaves are retained through the winter. They are slender and lobed (they look a little like
fern fronds, hence the common name)
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