Northern Bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica)
Sun Part Shade
Attracts bees, butterflies, birds
shrub -may be pruned
pH 6.5-7 (neutral to slightly acidic)
likes moist soil
shipped as 18-24" plant
appropriate for living fence or windbreak
Other common names: northern bayberry, bayberry, candle-berry
An average height is about 8 feet without pruning. Plants will develop a spread equal to their height. Minimal pruning will control it well.
A wax covering on the fruit is extracted by scalding the fruit with boiling water and immersing them for a few minutes, the wax floats to the surface and is then skimmed off. The fruit is then boiled in water to extract the wax from the pulp and once more the wax is skimmed off. It is then strained through a muslin cloth and can be used to make aromatic candles. . They are aromatic, with a pleasant balsamic odor. The wax is also used in making soaps. A green dye is obtained from the leaves. The plant is very wind hardy and can be grown as a hedge.
Soil / Climate: This tough plant grows in coastal sand flats and tidal marshes from Maine to North Carolina. It is adaptable to a range of difficult landscape conditions including poor, sterile, sandy soils, swampy soil and heavy clay soils. Plant in full sun or part shade. Best in slightly acid soil. Can withstand coastal salt sprays.
- These semi-evergreen plants are known for their aromatic foliage and berries.
- We recommend planting several in a group to insure good fruit sets.
- This plant is excellent for the natural garden forming its own colony.
- Mature growth is around 4-6' tall and wide.
- Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade.
- Use fresh or dried leaves like traditional Bay Leaf in cooking.