Morella pensylvanica (Mirb.) Kartesz

Northern Bayberry, Candle-berry, Small Waxberry

Family: Myricaceae

Genus: Morella

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 3 to 7

Size: 5 to 10' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Densely branched with rounded habit. Glossy grey-green leaves, to 4" long, fragrant if crushed. Tends to sucker. Tolerates poor soils.


Native to the mid to northeast USA + east Canada.

Introduced to cultivation in 1727.

Published in Synthesis N. Amer. Fl., version 1 (Nomencl. Innov.) 18 in 1999.

ARS-GRIN shows it as the accepted name with the basionym Myrica pensylvanica Mirb. in Duhamel. PlantList shows the name as unresolved.


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