Northern bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica or Morella pensylvanica)

USDA Hardiness Zones

USDA hardiness zones
Northern bayberry
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Northern bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica or Morella pensylvanica)
Zone Zone  more information
Hardy to zone 4a
Mature Height Mature Height
6 to 9 feet
Mature Spread Mature Spread
6 to 9 feet
Growth Rate Growth Rate
Sun Sun
Full Sun or Partial Shade
Moisture Moisture
Drought tolerant (also tolerant to moist soil, well-drained)
Fall Color Fall Color
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Wildlife
Flower Flower
Fruit Fruit
Evergreen Evergreen
Native to WI Native to WI
Additional Information Additional Information
upright, rounded, dense, suckering shrub; 6-9’ tall and wide; leathery, dark green leaves; no fall color, but holds leaves late into early winter; aromatic leaves and stems when rubbed; waxy, blue-gray, small fruit borne directly on stems on female plants in late summer to fall; attracts birds; requires a male pollinator for fruit display; fruit is used to scent bayberry candles; full sun to partial shade; prefers a poor, sandy, infertile, slightly acidic soil; gets chlorotic (yellow) at high pH; drought and salt tolerant; can get leaf spot; can shear into a formal hedge; native to eastern U.S.; hardy to zone 4a

UW Extension
For more information, see the UW Extension Urban Horticulture Team Web site:
Primary Author: Dr. Laura Jull
Photos by: Dr. Laura Jull and Dr. Ed Hasselkus

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