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Northern Bayberry

Northern Bayberry

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Northern Bayberry Plants

Northern bayberry plants are not edible for us humans, so do not attempt to eat! Northern bayberry plants are native to the eastern coastal zone. The plants flower in early spring. Northern bayberry plants have a male and female plant, so if you want berries, you will need to plant both. Female northern bayberry plants produce numerous small, blue-grey, waxy round fruit in the fall. Northern bayberry plants are upright shrubs. The berries stay on the plant well into winter, and they stay above the accumulated snow.

Grow Northern Bayberries

When planting male and female northern bayberry plants, make sure to plant them in close proximity to ensure pollination. Northern bayberry plants usually grow up to 5 to 8 feet tall. The plants grow best where they are allowed to spread naturally, so make sure to pick an area with a lot of space before planting. Northern bayberries grow and thrive basically disease and insect free when not pruned or shaped, so prune only when necessary. It can do more harm than good.

Northern Bayberry Uses

Northern bayberry plants are highly scented. The berries and leaves can be used to scent candle wax. Northern bayberry plants can also be used as hedges and wildlife borders. The fruit laden branches and the leaves of the northern bayberry plant can be used as indoor decoration. The availability of the bayberry fruit in the winter is a nutritious food supply for many birds and animals.

Northern Bayberry Facts

The binomial name for Northern Bayberry is Myrica pensylvanica, and is one of about 35 species from the genus Myrica, generally known as Bayberry. Many of the other Bayberry species also have familiar common names such as Candleberry, Wax Myrtle, and Yumberry.

Northern Bayberry Farms

It may be possible to find any northern bayberry farms near your location. We have built a map that will show all of the berry farms in our directory!

Northern Bayberry Stories

Plant these for the birds
Avoid the popular invasive, burning bush (Euonymous alatus). • Bayberry (Morella pensylvanica,) is semi-evergreen. You need one male to ensure berry production, so plant at least three or four shrubs to increase your chances for fruit development ... The Journal News / [ story ]

The Outside Story: Feathered Whirlwinds head south
A second defining characteristic: unlike all other swallows, which dine exclusively on insects, tree swallows are able to digest fruit and seeds, including the fruits of bayberry and viburnum. Tree swallows that find themselves in a cold snap with ... Mountaintimes [ story ]

Clouds of Tree Swallows Descend on the Cape and Islands
... to get sustenance for energy but not carry the added weight. They eat the berries and shortly after excrete the seed. Swallow flocks leave a virtual blanket of bayberry seeds upon large parts of dune areas thereby assuring a new crop of plants into ... WCAI [ story ]

Photo - Burnt Meadow Nursery - Brownfield, Maine

Other Species

Bog Myrtle
California Bayberry
Chinese Bayberry
Faya Bayberry
Red Bayberry
Southern Wax Myrtle
Wax Myrtle

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