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Myrica pensylvanica

Myrica pensylvanica - Bayberry

More About Myrica pensylvanica

  • AKA Morella pensylvanica
  • Waxy yellowish-green catkins appear before the leaves
  • Fragrant, glossy, grayish-green foliage
  • Produces clusters of tiny grayish-white fruits in late summer
  • Upright oval habit
  • Nitrogen-fixing species
  • Bloom Time: May

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario

The aromatic fruits are used fresh or dried to flavour soups, stews and sometimes put in beer to improve flavour and increase foaming. The dried leaves make a delicate tea. Wax from the fruit's pulp is used in candle making and a fragrant, essential oil can be extracted from the fruit. The bark can be used to dye wool. 

Zone:

4

Height:

175-200 cm

Spread:

175-200 cm

Colour:

Multi-coloured,Yellow
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Bayberry Growing and Maintenance Tips

Bayberry grows best in a slightly acidic soil, however, it will tolerate light to heavy soils, and medium to very dry conditions. Suckering freely, it is excellent for re-naturalization. Use in the woodland garden, shrub border, as a screen or informal hedge. 


Myrica pensylvanica Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Salt Tolerant
Salt Tolerant
Fragrant
Fragrant

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Average
Moist to Wet Soils
Average to Dry Soils

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Berries
Deciduous

Flowering Time

Spring

Habit

Oval
Clumping
Upright

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Specimen
Hedge

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