|Plant Name||Northern Bayberry|
|Scientific name||Myrica pensylvanica|
|Location||Thicket (Bike Path)|
|Identifying Characteristics||Grows up to 10 feet in height|
The leaves are egg-shaped and thin. On the leaves are resin-dots, but are sometimes nonexistent on the hairy upper surface. Leaves are about 5 inches in length. It produces a wrinkled berry 3-5.5 mm diameter, with a pale blue-purple waxy coating.
American colonists used the berries from the plant in making bayberry wax candles by boiling the berries to extract the sweet-smelling wax, used in producing clean-burning candles. Bayberry essential oil, extracted from the aromatic leaves, is used to scent many products. Due to a high eugenol content, the oil is moderately toxic.
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