NORTHERN BAYBERRY

Myrica (Morella) pensylvanica

Northern Bayberry, Myrica (Morella) pensylvanica is a rapidly growing shrub best planted in groups or mass plantings as a border, screen, or hedge. It may be used in woodland gardens or on slopes/banks to help control erosion. It may also be used along the highways that require salting during the winter months since the shrub is salt spray tolerant. The Northern Bayberry is a bird friendly aromatic shrub with white waxy berries!

It provides important food for yellow-rumped warblers (Setophaga coronata). They can digest the berries unlike many wild creatures—like us, for example. Bayberry berries are toxic to humans. DO NOT EAT!

In folk medicine, bayberry has been used as a tea for its tonic and stimulant properties, and for treating diarrhea. Among Native Americans, the leaves were used to destroy parasitic worms, the leaves and stems were used for treating fever, and the roots were applied as a poultice.

SPECS: Genus: Myrica (Morella); Species: Pensylvanica; Plant Type: Shrub; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade; Soil Moisture: Mesic (middle), Well Drained; Height: 5′ — 15′; Spread: 3′; Plant Spacing: 0′; Bloom Time: May — June; Bloom Color: Green, White, Yellow; Advantages: Erosion control, Fragrant, Grassland restoration, Low maintenance, Privacy screen; USDA Zone: 3 — 8; Attracts: Songbirds; Tolerant: Salt; Plant Community: Create a Fragrance Garden with Bayberry, Lavender, Lilacs, Fragrant Sumac, Fragrant Roses, Fragrant Sweet Box, Mock Orange, and indoor/outdoor Citrus trees in large containers.;