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Ninebark vs Northern Bayberry

Physocarpus opulifolius

Myrica pensylvanica

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Ninebark
Northern Bayberry

Ninebark is a small, multi-stemmed shrub, that is used to add texture or colour to any yard.

It features flaky, cinnamon-brown bark, attractive white flowers, and long, maple-like leaves.

Northern Bayberry makes an excellent hedge or feature shrub. It will retain its leaves in warmer climates but drops them in colder areas. They produce blue-grey berries that have a wax coating on them that can be used to make candles or soaps.

In colder hardiness zones the leaves turn an attractive orange to red colour in the fall, making it a striking addition to your landscape.

Northern Bayberry is native to Nova Scotia and tolerates both drought and wet conditions. It is also a nitrogen fixer that tolerates poor soil conditions.

NINEBARK QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN BAYBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Height: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Spread: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Spread: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Catkins: yes
Berries: small pink to purple berry like follicles
Berries: blue-gray
Flowers: small white clusters
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: slow
Life span: long
Life span: long
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium




Toxicity: Warning: The wax from bayberry fruit is considered toxic and may be carcinogenic.

Other Names: candlewood, myrique de pennsylvanie, small waxberry, swamp candleberry, tallow bayberry, tallow shrub, tallow tree, tallowshrub