Morella (form. Myrica) pennsylvanica (FEMALE) - Northern Bayberry from Quackin Grass Nursery

summer green fruits age to chalky white by autumn, are winter-persistent and, oh, the fragrance of both berry and leaf!

Morella (form. Myrica) pennsylvanica (FEMALE)

Northern Bayberry

Plant Type:


Morella (form. Myrica) pennsylvanica (FEMALE) – This is the Northern Bayberry or Candleberry. A shoreline shrub, low windswept colonies exhibit great salt and drought tolerance plus excellent deer resistance. Dark green semi-glossed leathery leaves are tongue-shaped, very aromatic when crushed. Of variable growth, deciduous or semi-evergreen, this tough suckering shrub will be taller with faster colonization in better soil and full sun forming a great barrier or screen. Persistent grayish-white chalky berries on female shrubs are very well-known as a wonderful fragrance used in candle making. If you desire fruit a male Bayberry must be present for pollination. Cutting grown or division.


6-12 ft


8-15 ft

Characteristics and Attributes for Morella (form. Myrica) pennsylvanica (FEMALE)

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Four Seasons

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Mostly Sunny
  • Full Sun


  • Hedge
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Hedgerow
  • Evergreen
  • Fragrant
  • Screen
  • Massing
  • Shrub Border

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Adaptable


  • Eastern North America

Propagated By

  • Division
  • Cutting Grown