Myrica pensylvanica

Bayberry

Categories: Shrubs

A dense-branching deciduous shrub with a rounded habit which typically grows 6-10' tall. Native to North America where it is primarily found growing along the eastern coast (including seashore) from Newfoundland to North Carolina. Narrow, broadly oblanceolate, leathery, glossy, grayish-green leaves (to 4" long) are dotted with resin and aromatic when crushed.


More About Myrica pensylvanica

  • a great native plant

The fruits are covered with an aromatic, waxy substance which is used to make bayberry candles, soaps and sealing wax. Fruits are attractive to birds.


Height:

5-9 ft

Spread:

3-5 ft

Hardiness Zone:

3-8

Myrica pensylvanica Characteristics

Attributes

  • Border
  • Fragrant
  • Hedging
  • Mass Plant
  • Screening/Hedge
  • Good for Naturalizing
  • Medicinal
  • Good for Shady Sites
  • Native to Northeast

Exposure

  • Part Sun/Part Shade
  • Does best in full sun

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • All Season

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Tolerates most soils

Flower Color

  • Creamy White

Fruit

  • Blue-black

Habit

  • Spreading
  • Vase-like