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Cultural Details for Myrica pensylvanica

Common Name:
Northern Bayberry

Growth Rate:
Medium from old wood, probably fast from shoots which develop from roots.

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
May be monoecious, but tends toward dioecious. Flowers borne in catkins, March-April with male consisting of a varying number of stamens; the female consisting of a one-celled ovary with two stalkless stigmas. Sepals and petals are absent.

Fruit Details:
Small, gray, waxy-coated, rounded, 0.2" wide drupe which persists throughout the winter. Male and female plants are required for good fruit development.

Fall Color:

Bark Details:
Rounded or agular stem when young with a small, continuous, green pith.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
None Serious.

Native Habitat:
Newfoundland to western New York, Maryland, and North Carolina. Primarily along the seashore.

Other Features:
Excellent plant for massing, border, or foundation plantings.

Culture and Care:
Thrives in poor, sterile, sandy soil, full sun to half shade. Appears to be adaptable to clay soils. Chlorosis can be a problem with high pH soils, but can be reduced with soil treatments. Fairly salt tolerant.

This plant was blooming:
4/19/2010 - 5/10/2010

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 111, Bed 184

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.