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Myrica pennsylvanica

Northern Bayberry
Sun, sandy or poor soils, 8' - 12' (35') ht., 8 - 12' (24') spread
Price Code: 
$8.50/ 2 gallon, $18.50/ 5 gallon (5' - 6')
Status: 
Limited Supply

A tall shrub with many benefits to songbirds, including warblers, grouse, bobwhite, and pheasant. Myrica pensylvanica, the Northern Bayberry, is a species of Myrica native to eastern North America, from Newfoundland west to Ontario and Ohio, and south to North Carolina.

Myrica pensylvanica is a deciduous shrub growing to 4.5 m tall. The leaves are 2.5-7 cm long and 1.5-2.7 cm broad, broadest near the leaf apex, serrate, and sticky with a spicy scent when crushed. The flowers are borne in catkins 3-18 mm long, in range of colors from green to red. The fruit is a wrinkled berry 3-5.5 mm diameter, with a pale blue-purple waxy coating; they are an important food for Yellow-rumped Warblers.

This species has root nodules containing nitrogen-fixing microorganisms, allowing it to grow in relatively poor soils.

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