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Sweet Gale
Myrica gale

French names: Myrique baumier

Family: Bayberry Family (Myricaceae)

Distinctive features: Sub-Shrub; Aromatic leaves when rubbed. Grows at edge of water.

Similar species:
  •   Leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata) - leaves not aromatic.

Leaves: Alternate, Simple, Toothed;  Alternate, simple. Elliptic to oblong. Very aromatic when rubbed.

Height: Up to 1 m (1-3 ft)

Habitat: Wet Areas;  Damp soil on edges of water, bogs, etc.

Edible: Tea cna be made from the leaves.

Books: Shrubs of Ontario: 89   

Native/Non-native: Native

Status: Common.

Photographs: 92 photographs available, of which 8 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Sweet Gale (Myrica gale)

Sweet Gale grows along shores. It likes to have its roots in the water.

Sweet Gale (Myrica gale)

Sweet Gale (Myrica gale)

Typical growth form.

Sweet Gale (Myrica gale)

Closer view of the leaves and nutlets forming.

Sweet Gale (Myrica gale)

Upper side of a leaf.

Sweet Gale (Myrica gale)

Underside of the same leaf.

Sweet Gale (Myrica gale)

Nutlets forming (September).

Sweet Gale (Myrica gale)

Next year's buds (September).

Range map for Sweet Gale (Myrica gale)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)