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Myrica pensylvanica

Common Name(s):
Northern bayberry
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

A deciduous shrub native to portions of eastern US in the Myricaceae family. Drought, erosion, salt spray, and wet site tolerant.  Suckers easily and forms colonies. Fixes atmospheric nitrogen.  The wax is used to make bayberry candles.

Seasons of Interest:

Fruit: Summer-Winter

Wildilfe Value: Fruits are attractive to birds. This plant is particularly resistant to damage by deer.

Compare this Plant to: M. cerifera, M. heterophylla

Height:
5-10 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple, lustrous, dark green leaves with a leathery texture; 1.5-4 in. long. Fragrant when crushed.
Flower:
Non-showy flowers; male and female plants; small, gray, waxy-coated showy round drupe that persists into winter
Zones:
3 to 7
Habit:
Deciduous to semi-evergreen
Site:
Sun to partial shade; range of soil types: sand, clay, poor
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Upright, rounded dense shrub
Width:
5-10 ft.
Tags:
erosion, showy fruit, deciduous, wet soil, fragrant leaves, winter interest, fragrant, drought, salt, wet site, wax, wet

NCCES plant id: 1676

Myrica pensylvanica Myrica pensylvanica
RockerBOO, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Myrica pensylvanica Leaves
Fluffymuppet, CC BY-NC-2.0
Myrica pensylvanica Stems and immature fruits
Alice Anderson, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Myrica pensylvanica Myrica pensylvanica
K M, CC BY - 2.0