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Bayberry Myrica

Growing Bayberry: Tips at a Glance

Hardy bayberry shrubs and trees thrive in USDA growing zones 3-9 and can withstand salty waterfronts or windy roofs. Also happy in a woodland garden, they produce handsome gray-blue berries used in scented candles.

  • Type Shrub or tree
  • Lifeppan Perennial
  • USDA Zones 3-9
  • Soil Poor, light, textured
  • Light Sun lover
  • Water Moderate
  • Growth Fast
  • Design Tip Perimeter hedge
  • Other Uses Wax and scent
  • Peak Season Dramatic winter foliage

Bayberry: A Field Guide

Bayberry shrubs and trees have a hardy soul and a useful beauty. Typically evergreen, they can thrive on a salt-drenched beachfront, a windy city rooftop, or along a wooded trail.

Planted as a hedge, Myrica‘s dense foliage provides dramatic bronze or burgundy winter color and protection for wildlife. This upright shrub—typically five to eight feet wide and tall—has dense, long leaves and a name derived from the Greek myrike, or “fragrance.” Bayberry’s tiny gray-blue berries were used to make candles in days past and provide migrating birds with extra fuel.

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