Myrica pensylvanica

Photo Courtesy of K. Hubeny

Common Name(s) Northern Bayberry
Scientific Name Myrica pensylvanica
Family Myricaceae
Location/Vegetative Zone Thicket (Bike Path)
Flowering Period May
Identifying Characteristics Grows up to 10 feet in height

 

Description

  • Leaves
    • Egg-shaped and thin
    • Resin-dots on leaves, but sometimes nonexistent on the hairy upper surface
    • 5 inches in length
  • Produces a wrinkled berry 3-5.5 mm diameter
    • Pale, blue-purple waxy coating

Location

 

Cultural Uses

  • Berries
    • American colonists made bayberry wax candles by boiling them to extract the sweet-smelling wax
  • Leaves
    • Bayberry essential oil extracted and is used to scent many products, but is also mildly toxic
    • Green dye

Sources

“Medicinal Herbs: Northern Bayberry”. Natural Medicinal Herbs. Spiritual Knowledge, Led Ziarovsky. Web.

Myrica pennsylvanica – Loisel”. Plants For A Future. Plants For A Future. Web.

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