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Manchurian Lilac (Korean Lilac) vs Northern Bayberry

Syringa pubescens ssp. patula

Myrica pensylvanica

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Manchurian Lilac (Korean Lilac)
Northern Bayberry

Manchurian Lilac (aka Korean Lilac) is a medium-sized shrub that features fragrant clusters of pale purple flowers in late spring.

Manchurian Lilac is less affected by disease than other lilacs and will create a beautiful border, hedge, or privacy screen. If you are looking for a lilac for your shelterbelt, consider Common Purple Lilac or Villosa Lilac first.

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.

MANCHURIAN LILAC (KOREAN LILAC) QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN BAYBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Height: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Spread: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Spread: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: red and purple
Berries: red-pink berries
Berries: blue-gray
Harvest: mid July
Flowers: pale purple
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: slow
Life span: short
Life span: long
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium




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

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