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Morella caroliniensis

bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica)

Small bayberry is rhizomatous, semi-evergreen, and common on rocky slopes, sandy barrens, and wetlands all up and down the Atlantic coast. The foliage emerges glossy and green, with edible aromatic leaves. Great for hedges and low screening.

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Height: 2-6 ft
Spread: 3-6 ft
Hardiness Zone: 4-7


Bloom Color: Insignificant

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Species
Exposure
Sun
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
Dry
Average
Ecoregion
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
Ornamental Interest
Summer Fruit
Winter Interest and/or Evergreen
Spring Bloom
Attracts Wildlife
Host Plant
Pollinator Powerhouse Plant
Attracts Songbirds
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Urban Environment
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Salt Tolerant
Additional Attributes
Fragrant
Dioecious (fruits only on female plants)
Low Maintenance
Edible


North American Distribution


bayberry - Morella caroliniensis from Native Plant Trust