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Myrica pensylvanica – Northern Bayberry

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Myrica pensylvanica – Northern Bayberry

Myrica pensylvanica, or Northern Bayberry, is a resilient native shrub known for its aromatic foliage and attractive grayish-white berries that persist through winter. This hardy plant is perfect for coastal areas, hedges, and wildlife gardens, thriving in a variety of conditions, including sandy soils and salt spray. Northern Bayberry’s dense growth habit makes it an excellent choice for erosion control and privacy screens, while its berries are famously used in candle making. Adaptable and low maintenance, it provides year-round interest and supports local ecosystems by offering food and shelter for birds.


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Single, 6-Pack, 9-Pack

Common Name



Deciduous Shrub, Shrub


Native Range

Eastern North America


Height Range (ft.)

6.00 to 10.00

Spread (ft.)

Bloom Time

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Suggested Use



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Product Description

Embrace the rustic charm and versatility of Myrica pensylvanica, commonly known as Northern Bayberry, a hardy native shrub that enhances landscapes with its subtle beauty and ecological benefits. Characterized by its leathery, aromatic leaves and distinctive, waxy berries, Northern Bayberry is a superb choice for gardeners seeking to create naturalized settings or wildlife-friendly spaces.

Key Features of Northern Bayberry

  • Aromatic Foliage and Berries: The leaves release a pleasant fragrance when crushed, and the waxy, grayish-white berries are not only decorative but also useful in making scented candles.
  • Wildlife Attraction: Its berries provide a valuable food source for birds, especially in winter months when food is scarce.
  • Adaptability: Thrives in a wide range of soil types, from wet to dry, and is particularly suited for coastal areas due to its tolerance of salt spray and sandy soils.
  • Environmental Benefits: Excellent for erosion control and as a windbreak, Northern Bayberry’s dense growth habit makes it an effective choice for stabilizing soil and protecting landscapes from wind damage.

Cultivation Tips

  • Light Requirements: Prefers full sun to partial shade, with more sun leading to better berry production.
  • Soil Preferences: Adaptable to most soil types, including poor, sandy, or clay-heavy soils, provided they are well-drained.
  • Watering: Once established, Northern Bayberry is drought-tolerant, though it appreciates occasional watering during prolonged dry periods.
  • Spacing: Plant approximately 6 to 8 feet apart to allow for natural spreading and air circulation.

Landscape Uses

Northern Bayberry’s versatility makes it an excellent choice for a variety of landscaping projects. Use it as a foundation planting, for naturalizing in rural settings, or as part of a mixed hedge. Its ability to withstand harsh coastal conditions also makes it ideal for beachfront properties, serving as a durable and attractive barrier. Additionally, the plant’s ecological benefits, such as attracting wildlife and providing erosion control, make it a valuable addition to conservation landscapes and restoration projects.

A Sustainable Choice

By choosing Northern Bayberry for your garden, you’re not only adding a plant with year-round appeal but also supporting local wildlife and contributing to the sustainability of your landscape. Its low maintenance requirements and adaptability to challenging conditions make it a wise choice for gardeners looking to combine beauty with ecological responsibility.

Incorporate Myrica pensylvanica into your landscape to enjoy the unique qualities and benefits of Northern Bayberry. Whether for its fragrant foliage, decorative berries, or environmental advantages, Northern Bayberry is a plant that offers something special for every gardener and landscape.


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Summer Shipping Concerns

Please expect some delays in shipping during summer months!

Shipping perishable items in the heat of summer can be tricky to say the least. Our goal is to try to get your plants to you in the best shape possible.

This means we may hold off on shipping items during periods of excessively high temperatures to give your new plants the best chance of surviving their journey in good shape.