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Bayberry, Northern – 12-18″ (2-0)

Northern bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica) tolerates dry, sandy conditions well, a plant characteristic of northeastern dunes.  It also tolerates salt spray.  Plant a combination of male and female plants to obtain berries.  It grows 5-10′ tall and will re-seed in sandy areas; not as common in cultivated soil.

SKU: NBB-1218. Categories: , .

Product Description

  • Seedling Size:  12-18″
  • Seedling Age:  2-0
  • Mature Height:  5 – 10 feet
  • Mature Width:  5 – 10 feet
  • Soil Type:  Acidic, Sandy
  • Moisture:  Dry, Moderate, Moist
  • Sun:  Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Growth Rate:  Slow

Key Characteristics:

  • Useful for filling bare, sandy areas, and is considered salt tolerant.
  • Berries grow only on female plants. Birds eat them in winter and they can be used to make wax.
  • Leaves are a leathery, dark green and aromatic when crushed.  Semi-evergreen, minimal fall color.

A Few Species Attracted to Northern Bayberry

Help Control Invasives!

Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) by Lazaregagnidze

Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) by Lazaregagnidze

Try Northern bayberry instead of invasive Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii).  Barberry is highly aggressive in natural areas and has been shown to create conditions that favor increased tick densities.