Myrica pensylvanica Myricaceae
Northern Bayberry, Candleberry   mi-RI-ka pen-sil-VAH-ni-ka
- Broadleaf deciduous to semi-evergreen shrub, 5-12 ft (1.5-3.7 m) tall, many upright stems, rounded, suckers and forms colonies. Leaves simple, alternate, obovate to oblong, 4-10 cm long and 3-4 cm wide, entire or shallowly toothed toward apex, glossy dark green and pubescent above, aromatic when crushed. Flowers monoecious or dioecious, not showy, both male and female flowers in yellowish-green catkins. Fruit are grayish white and covered with a waxy coating, evident in fall into spring.
- Sun, or partial shade. Withstands salt spray.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 3 Native range from Newfoundland to western New York, Maryland, and North Carolina. Mostly along the seashore.
- Myrica: Greek name for Tamarix. pensylvanica: of Pennsylvania.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: east side of parking lot east of the Radiation Center, that is on the west end of the sports field.