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Sweetgale (Myrica gale)
Also known as: bayberry, english bog myrtle
General: Sweetgale is a deciduous shrub (1–1.5 m high) with noticeable brown twigs branching in an alternating pattern.
Leaves & Twigs: The spatula-shaped, hairy leaves are usually rounded at the tip and narrow at the base. They appear after the flowers on this plant.
Flowers & Fruit: Sweetgale produces non-drooping catkins as a flowering structure, with male and female catkins usually on separate plants.
Habitat: Sweetgale grows in wet habitats around ponds, rivers and bogs.
Sampling: Tag a male shrub to observe.