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Northern Bayberry

Myrica pennsylvanica

Fragrant, dense foliage on a compact form makes this shrub useful for hedges and screens. The white waxy coating on the small fruits is used for candle making. Evergreen in mild climates, deciduous elsewhere.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water weekly or more often in extreme heat; less often, once established.


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Botanical Pronunciationmi-RY-ka pen-sil-VAN-i-ka
LoreThis is a diecious plant with berries held more densely on female clones.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing to 9 ft. tall, equal width.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasThis American native thrives in the worst alkaline sandy soils. Fragrant foliage can be sheared to release more scent. Popular in formal and wild gardens. A big bushy shrub, it can be used as a single specimen or ganged into a low-maintenance hedge. Perfect for transition areas between cultivated garden and native ecosystems. Best friend to gardeners of the East Coast.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorGreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UsePrivacy Screen, Very Wet Areas, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureNaturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Bird Friendly, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater weekly or more often in extreme heat; less often, once established.
Companion PlantsKinnikinick (Arctostaphylos); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia); Potentilla (Potentilla); Cranberry Bush (Viburnum); Magnolia (Magnolia)

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. May be watered deeply, less frequently, when established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-6

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