- Common Name(s):
- Swamp bayberry
- Native Plants, Shrubs
Larger leaves and denser plant than M. cerifera; native to portions of southeastern US. Tolerates wet planting sites. Its bark is thin, smooth and gray/brown.
Regions: Piedmont, Coastal Plains
Seasons of Interest:
Blooms: Spring Nut/Fruit/Seed: Fall
Wildlife Value: The Bayberry is highly resistant to damage from deer. It provides excellent winter and extreme weather coverage. It is a host plant for the Red-banded Hairstreak butterfly. Its fruits are eaten by birds, especially yellow-rumped warblers (which are very efficient at digesting the waxy fruits), in the fall and winter.
- 8-12 ft.
- The Swamp bayberry has alternate, simple, glossy dark green leaves. The leaves grow to 5 in. long and are fragrant when crushed.
- The Swamp bayberry has non-showy flowers and clusters of small white to gray globose fruit. In the spring, small male and female slim cylindrical flowers mature. The small tree/shrub produces a bluish/white drupe that matures in clusters on short stalks. Only one sex is to be found on any one plant, so both male and female plants must be grown if seed in required.
- 7 to 9
- Semi-evergreen to evergreen
- The Swamp bayberry is best grown in sun to partial shade. It will tolerate range of soil types such as sand, clay, poor, wet
- Upright rounded dense shrub
- Full sun, part shade
- 9 ft.
NCCES plant id: 1675