Bayberry

Myrica pennsylvanica

This common coastal native has dark green deciduous foliage that can be quite aromatic when you crush it. The spring flowers are hardly noticeable but develop into the silvery blue berries that made it famous. They were historically used in candies that required 51bs of thew berries for one candle. They rarely grow taller than 3' when close to the ocean due to the constant winds but when planted in shelter can get much larger. The newly emerging bright green leaves in spring provide a great vision of the return of warm weather. Easy to find in nurseries.


Bayberry