At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Myricaceae
Latin Name: Myrica pensylvanica
Foliage: Grayish-green
Fall Foliage: Insignificant
Bloom: Yellowish-green
Bloom Time: May
Shape: Rounded
Bark: Light gray
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 3 to Zone 7
Size: 10 to 5 feet
Spread: 10 to 5 feet
Care: Medium to dry, well drained soil

Scientifically classified as Myrica (or Morella) Pensylvanica, the Bayberry is a deciduous shrub of quiet beauty, multiple uses, and a commendable tolerance for minimal care. It is a North American East Coast native, spreading from Newfoundland all the way to North Carolina and as far west as Ohio. A member of the Myrtaceae family, this shrub can reach both a moderate height and rounded span of 5-10 ft., thriving best in dry to medium, well-drained soils and favoring full sun to partial shade. It has a hardiness rating of 3-7, able to withstand poor soil conditions, droughts, wet soils, and coastal environments.

The species has a tendency to inhabit land slowly, forming colonies that can create natural hedges, populate meadows and woodlands, or fit in beautifully as part of an herb garden. The Bayberry is characterized by glossy foliage of smoky-gray and gray-green hues. Its leaves are narrow, with tiny glands that produce a sweet aroma when crushed. In May, the male flowers emerge as yellowish-green catkins, while the female flowers feature neither sepals nor petals. The female plants also produce clusters of small waxy berries of an ethereal beauty, colored a chalky grayish-green.

Although it is not regarded as having particular ornamental value, the Bayberry has many other favorable qualities and uses. American settlers used to boil the tree’s berries to extract the fragrant wax, used to make candles. The wax is also popular in folk medicine, and has been used as an astringent and stimulant, though it can be emetic and dangerous in large doses. The dried or powdered root bark is also medicinal (though there is minimal official research, and Bayberry can negatively impact the sodium-potassium balance in the body) as a component in poultices, teas, and mouthwashes, thought to fight a variety of conditions ranging from throat inflammation and skin infections to uterine hemorrhage and ulcers.