Northern Bayberry, Myrica pensylvanica, Shrub Seeds (20 Seeds)

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  • Northern Bayberry is a dense branching deciduous shrub with a rounded habit which typically grows 6 to 10 feet tall. This North American coastal native exhibits a quiet beauty and an easy-going habit.
  • Flowers on female plants, if pollinated, are followed by attractive clusters of tiny, silver-gray fruits in late summer which usually persist through the winter. The fruits are covered with an aromatic, waxy substance which is used to make bayberry candles, soaps and sealing wax. Fruits are attractive to birds.
  • A mostly dioecious shrub (male and female flowers appear in separate catkins on separate plants). Neither catkin is showy, with only the male flowers displaying color of yellowish-green.
  • Narrow, broadly oblanceolate, leathery, glossy, grayish-green semi-evergreen leaves to 4 inches long are dotted with resin and aromatic when crushed.
  • Northern Bayberry spreads slowly to form colonies and is best in groups or massed. A versatile shrub that can be used in woodland gardens or shrub borders, as a screen or informal hedge, in wet or shady sites or on a bank for erosion control. Salt tolerance makes it appropriate for locations near roads that are salted in winter. An interesting plant for grouping in a corner of a large herb garden.

Product Description

Zone: 3 to 7 (Possibly 2) Growth Rate: Medium Plant Type: Semi-evergreen to Deciduous Shrub Family: Myricaceae Native Range: Eastern North America Height: 5 to 10 feet Spread: 5 to 10 feet Shape: Upright, spreading branching habit, shape is irregular to mounded. Bloom Time: May Bloom Color: Yellowish green (male) Flower/Fruit: Female plants produce small, BB-sized, chalky, silver gray waxy fruits. Wax from the fruit is used to make bayberry candles. Sun: Full Sun to Part Shade Fall Color: Semi-evergreen or bronze. Water: Dry to Medium Maintenance: Low Site Requirements /Soil Tolerances: Prefers moist, peaty or sandy, acidic soils. Tolerates a wide range of soils and growing conditions, including drought, poor soils, wet soils, high winds and salt spray (seashore or road salt conditions). Culture: Groupings of plants need at least one male plant to facilitate pollination of female plants and subsequent fruit set. Shrubs tend to sucker, and may form sizeable colonies in optimum growing conditions. Uses: Shrub border, foundation plant, difficult growing sites, seashore landscapes, along roadsides, mass plantings, combines well with evergreens, soil stabilization due to colonizing nature. Sowing Myrica pennsylvanica Seeds: For best results, please follow the instructions in the order provided. Scarify: Soak in water for 24 hours Stratify: Cold 90 days, 40 Degrees F in a Moist Medium. Germination: Sow 1/4" Deep

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