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Northern Bayberry

Northern Bayberry

Morella pensylvanica

Featured Plant Category: Edible Native Plants

Height: 5 to 7'

Container Size: 1 Gallon

Bloom Time: May

Bloom Color: Green-Yellow

Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry

Soil Type: Average, well-drained.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 2,3,4,5,6,7

Other Names: Myrica pensylvanica,

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Bayberry is a densely branching semi-deciduous shrub with pleasantly fragrant foliage and wax covered berries. It can grow anywhere from 6′-10′ tall, and does very well in grouped plantings. It has a tolerance to salt, making it a great choice next to frequently salted roads. The berries provide food for birds, and their waxy coating is used to make bayberry candles and soaps. Bayberry is a host plant for the majestic Columbia Silkmoth (pictured above). The leaves of the plant are dried and used in cooking. Overall this plant is a unique, diverse addition to any landscape.


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5 to 7'

Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time


Bloom Color


Soil Moisture

Medium to Dry

Soil Type

Average, well-drained.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

Myrica pensylvanica,

Shipping Information

At Direct Native Plants, we take many precautions to make sure your plants will arrive in the best condition possible.

Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: Perennials can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: Trees and shrubs can be shipped in bundles up to 4. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Direct Native Plants now ships via FedEx. Orders ship out Monday through Wednesday of each week, and depending on how close you are to our nursery in Maryland, shipping will take anywhere from 1-4 business days.