A shrub with a round, dense habit that can grow up to 1.5 m but which will stay shorter in dry and poor sites. It will lighten up a partly shaded area when it flowers with a multitude of white, fragrant flowers in round clusters that are attracting hummingbirds!
Rarely cultivated in Canada despite its multiple qualities: plant larval host for butterflies, wildlife and medicinal values. It can be used as specimen or in groups; suitable to form a drought tolerant native hedge.
Employed in herbal medicine today, the roots were traditionally utilized by North American natives for their antiseptic properties. Later, the leaves which have a wintergreen fragrance, were used as a tea substitute during the Revolutionary War, hence its common name.
Germination: a recent trial out reported germination after hot water treatment, followed by 4 months at 5C. Another study reported the highest germination after treating the seeds in hot water for 2 min. followed by 2 months cold-moist stratification (4˚C). Only a cold/moist stratification period will give results, but it will take longer for the seeds to germinate.