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Casie Becker
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I'm so hyperfocused on edible plants that I don't feel I'm weighing the costs and benefits of planting this in a objective fashion. I can tell that it has potential. It's a widely adapted native that is commonly available in the local landscape trade. It fixes nitrogen. Supposedly it repels mosquitos from it's general area. For some small amount of effort it can also provide a highly sought after scented candle. On the other hand, I've just finished removing one evergreen hedge and I find the added air circulation and light has greatly improved the comfort and utility of my front yard.

Could anyone here tell me there experiences with this plant? If I do decide to plant this, it will most likely be along the fence in the back, after we replace the current fence but it would need have more utility than a red tipped phontina and hopefully be a rather short plant under minimal water or easily controlled by judicious pruning (like twice a year maximum).
 
Benton Lewis
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In my experience with native ones in Georgia, the berries are far to small and not numerous enough for candle making. As far as edible, look up using the leaves of the variety you want like a bay leaf for flavoring.
 
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