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Morella pensylvanica

Native Plants

Common Bayberry

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Summary

Common bayberry (Morella pensylvanica) is a versatile, upright, rounded, suckering, deciduous to semi-evergreen shrub that grows to 5-10’ tall and can be used in a wide variety of garden situations. Very adaptable and growing under dry conditions in full sun to filtered shade, it prefers acidic soils, but tolerates neutral soils. Common bayberry has aromatic foliage and stems and blooms in spring with inconspicuous yellow flowers followed by blue fruit with a waxy coating. Combine this shrub with other tough plants in the low-maintenance shrub border such as Gro-low fragrant sumac (Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-low’), red chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia), smooth southern bush-honeysuckle (Diervilla sessilifolia), and mapleleaf viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium). Zones 3-7. 


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  • Plant Type
    shrub 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade-to-full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous, semi-evergreen 
  • Soil Moisture
    dry-to-moist 
  • Flowering Period
    mid-spring
  • Soil PH
    acidic 
  • Flower Color
    yellow 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Other Scientific Names

    Myrica pensylvanica

     
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    blue