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Northern Bayberry

Myrica pennsylvanica

Pronunciation: mi-RY-ka pen-sil-VAN-i-ka
SKU #06218

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Description 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.
Light Full sun, Partial sun
Watering Water when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
Blooms Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Mature Size Moderate growing to 9 ft. tall, equal width.
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features North American Native Selection, Ornamental Berries, Waterwise, Compact Form, Benefits Birds
Growth Rate Moderate
Growth Habit Rounded
Landscape Use Privacy Screen
Design Ideas This 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.
Flower Color Green
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Kinnikinick (Arctostaphyllus ); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia); Potentilla (Potentilla); Cranberry Bush (Viburnum); Magnolia (Magnolia)
Care 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.
Lore This is a diecious plant with berries held more densely on female clones.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-6

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