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
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.
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
Moist to Average
Moist to Wet Soils
Average to Dry Soils