Morella pensylvanica

Northern Bayberry

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Shrub
Growth Rate - Medium from old wood, probably fast from shoots which develop from roots.
Mature Height - 5-12'
Mature Width - 5-12'
Longevity -

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - 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 - Small, gray, waxy-coated, rounded, 0.2" wide drupe which persists throughout the winter. Male and female plants are required for good fruit development.
Leaf -
Fall Color - non-existant
Bark - Rounded or agular stem when young with a small, continuous, green pith.
Other Features - Excellent plant for massing, border, or foundation plantings.
Possible Use -
Season Of Interest -

Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - 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.
Native Habitat - Newfoundland to western New York, Maryland, and North Carolina. Primarily along the seashore.
Diseases and Insects - None Serious.
Strength -
Weakness -

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Find Related Plants:
- Other plants with the common name Bayberry.
- Other plants of the family Myricaceae.
- Other plants of the genus Morella.
- Other plants of the species Morella pensylvanica.