Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest


{Picture of Sweetfern}

Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Small
  • Scientific Name: Comptonia peregrina Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Sweetfern
  • Zone: 3
  • Plant Size: 2-3'
  • Habit: Rounded: spreading
  • Culture:

    Requires an acid soil. Tolerates dry, sterile, and sandy soils. Full sun.

  • Notes:

    Has lacy, serrated foliage which is pleasantly aromatic. An intriguing plant that performs wonderfully on poor, dry soils.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Heading back is done to shape and reduce the size of the plant. Cut prominent shoots back inside the body of the plant to where they meet another branch.

    Heading back may be done from late fall to mid-July.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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