SWEET FERN Comptonia peregrina Despite its name and fernlike foliage, this curious, small, woody, colony-forming shrub is not a fern. It thrives in dry, sandy, and acidic soils. It even tolerates salt. Its foliage smells sweet and fragrant when crushed. Due to this it is largely avoided by deer and other herbivores.
In addition to bareroot seedlings, Comptonia peregrina is also available as a #2 container.
Photo credit: Manfred Mielke, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org