ⓘ Myrica pensylvanica

                                     

ⓘ Myrica pensylvanica

Myrica pensylvanica, the northern bayberry, is a species of Myrica native to eastern North America, from Newfoundland west to Ontario and Ohio, and south to North Carolina. It is also classified as Morella pensylvanica.

Mopsi Pensylvanica is a deciduous shrub growing to 4.5 m tall. Leaves 2.5–7 cm long and 1.5-2.7 cm wide, broad at the tops of the leaves, serrated, and sticky with a spicy scent when crushed. Flowers are in catkins 3-18 mm, in a range of colors from green to red. The fruit is a wrinkled berry 3-5.5 mm in diameter, with pale blue-purple waxy coating, they are an important food for yellow-rumped Warbler.

This species has root nodules containing nitrogen-fixing microorganisms, allowing it to grow on relatively poor soils.