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