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Native Plant of the Week: Northern Bayberry

Family: Myriaceae

Name: Myrica pensylvanica - Northern Bayberry

Bloom Time: Spring

Flower: Yellowish green catkins

Soil Condition: Dry - Wet

Light: Sun - Partial Shade

Height: 6-8' tall by 5-10' wide

Native Range: Eastern North America

Zone: 3 to 7

Photo: Leaves and fruit (Jim Robbins, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

Northern Bayberry is a fantastic deciduous (loses its leaves) shrub adaptable to a variety of conditions including dry parking lot islands, and shorelines to shady hedgerows and backyard borders. Bayberry is salt-tolerant and usually deer resistant. In order to get berries you need male and female plants. Please note these are not sexed in the trade.

Maintenance: Not necessary but may be pruned as a hedge or to control size.

Benefits: Pollinators, wildlife food source, adaptable to almost any situation

Fun Facts: The grayish-white fruit has a waxy coat and it is used to make bayberry candles, soaps, and sealing wax.

Companion Plants: Arctostaphyllus uva-ursi - Bearberry, Prunus maritima - Beach Plum, Baccharis halimifolia - Groundsel Bush, Juniperus virginiana - Eastern Red Cedar, Panicum virgatum - Switch Grass, Ammophila breviligulata - American Beach Grass



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