Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Northern Bayberry

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Medium
  • Scientific Name: Myrica pensylvanica Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Bayberry
  • Zone: 4
  • Plant Size: 5-8'
  • Bloom Color: Not Applicable
  • Habit: Upright: suckering
  • Culture:

    Requires a neutral to acid soil, otherwise very adaptable. Tolerates dry sterile soils. Full sun to partial shade.

  • Notes:

    Its semi-evergreen foliage and persistent blue-gray fruit are both fragrant. Dioecious.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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