Myrica gale

Myrica gale
Myrica gale 
bog myrtle, sweetgale
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1-1.8m
USUAL WIDTH 1-1.8m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES blue-green
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
COLOUR OF FLOWERS light green
BLOOMING TIME May - May
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 1   (down to -46°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Rarities
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Myrica and its various species have many names: bog myrtle, sweetgale, wax myrtle, even bayberry. All these names are for one genus that can be found worldwide, and for some reason nurseries don't grow them. So if you want one you have to search hard, and you will probably end up at a specialist nursery selling rare and unusual plants. That is such a pity! Because when I first saw a few myrica plants in a botanical garden it was love at first sight. Such neat and compact plants with handsome foliage and quite uniform habit. I made every effort to find a couple of growers of these plants so you can have them, too.

Bog myrtle is a deciduous shrub found in moist and constantly waterlooged areas all around Northern Hemisphere. It makes small, inversely lance-shaped or narrowly obovate, dark green to slightly blue-green leaves, and fragrant flowers from mid spring. The flowers are yellow green to golden yellow, erect catkins which open from mid spring for a few weeks, releasing an interesting sweet and spicy fragrance, typical for ericaceous plants. Both this perfume and that of crushed leaves keep biting insects at bay.

Bog myrtle loves moist and wet sites. Grow it at the edge of a pond or a slow stream bank. It needs fertile, acid soil, and preferably full sun. Pruning is possible in early spring or after flowering in early summer. It grows rather slowly or moderately (5-15 cm per year), forming a small, neatly shaped shrub. It belongs to the hardiest plants on Earth, surviving temperatures lower than -45°C (USDA zone 1).

Last update 09-01-2017
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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