Bayberry Northern
Bayberry Northern
Bayberry Northern

Bayberry Northern

A dense-branching deciduous shrub with a rounded habit which typically grows 6-10' tall. Native to North America where it is primarily found growing along the eastern coast (including seashore). Flowers on female plants, if pollinated, are followed by attractive clusters of tiny, grayish-white fruits in late summer which usually persist through the winter, but are not particularly showy. The fruits are covered with an aromatic, waxy substance which is used to make bayberry candles, soaps and sealing wax.

  • Best grown in full sun
  • Dark green aromatic leaves
  • Great for moist to wet areas and naturalization
  • Ornamental berries attract birds
  • Salt spray tolerant
  • Semievergreen (southern end of growing range) to deciduous shrub
  • Coastal plants are low-growing, often only 1' to 2' tall


  • Botanical Name: Myrica pennsylvanica
  • Common Name: Northern Bayberry
  • Flower Color: Insignificant -- Yellowish green (male)
  • Height: 5 - 10 feet
  • Width: 5 - 10 feet
  • Season of Bloom: May
  • Light Preference: Full sun to part shade
  • Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7

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