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Myrica pensylvanica

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Description

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. Needs at least 1 male per grouping for pollination. Fixes atmospheric nitrogen.  

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

Cultivars:
Tags:
#fragrant#deciduous#drought tolerant#fragrant leaves#salt tolerant#winter interest#erosion control#showy fruits#wet sites#wax
Cultivars:
Tags:
#fragrant#deciduous#drought tolerant#fragrant leaves#salt tolerant#winter interest#erosion control#showy fruits#wet sites#wax
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Myrica
    Species:
    pensylvanica
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Wax is used to make bayberry candles, soaps and ceiling wax.
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    USA
    Distribution:
    Eastern North America
    Wildlife Value:
    Fruits are attractive to birds. This plant is particularly resistant to damage by deer
    Dimensions:
    Height: 5 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 5 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Erect
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Small, grey, waxy-coated showy round drupe that persists into winter
  • Flowers:
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Non-showy flowers; male and female plants
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leathery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Lustrous, dark green leaves with a leathery texture
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Naturalized Area
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Erosion
    Poor Soil
    Salt
    Wet Soil