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Labrador Tea vs Northern Bayberry

Rhododendron groenlandicum (Ledum groenlandicum)

Myrica pensylvanica

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Labrador Tea
Northern Bayberry

Labrador Tea is slow-growing evergreen shrub native to the boreal forests of Canada.

It thrives in wet, swampy conditions.

Labrador Tea has narrow, leathery, dark green leaves, topped by a cluster of white flowers in the spring. It is a perfect ornamental shrub for boggy, wet areas of your property.

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.

LABRADOR TEA QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN BAYBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 3a
Height: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Height: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Spread: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Spread: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: normal
Light: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: rust orange
Berries: blue-gray
Flowers: white, fragrant
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: slow
Life span: short
Life span: long
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium



Toxicity: slightly toxic if ingested

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