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A dwarf bayberry!

Myrica Silver Sprite™

Bayberries are lovely plants, but they can get quite large. this new selection is the perfect foundation plant or hedge in places where you need a tough native plant with fruits for wildlife and winter interest.

More compact than is typical of the species, this selection measured 5 feet in height with a 7 foot spread at approximately 15 years of age. Characteristics of this female clone include a dense, compact, broad-oval habit and attractive gray-green foliage. The small gray fruit, best seen after the foliage has dropped, is typical of the species, and are consumed by a number of native birds.

Please note: We don't sell plants. Asking your local retailer or googling the plant name is the easiest way to find someone selling our plants.

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Who Am I?

  • Common Name

    Silver Sprite bayberry
  • Botanical Name

    Myrica pensylvanica 'Morton'
  • Type

  • US Native?

  • Origin

    The Silver Sprite™ Bayberry was selected from a public landscape in Lisle, Illinois by Kris Bachtell of the Morton Arboretum.

  • Bloom Time


Cultural Details

  • Bloom Time

  • Size

    5' tall by 5' wide
  • Hardiness Zone

  • Light

    Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil

    Adaptable to a variety of conditions
  • Moisture

    Wet to dry soil conditions
  • Disease & Pests

    None known
  • Landscape Use

    Borders, foundations, naturalized plantings, wet areas, urban gardens
  • Propagation

    Softwood Cuttings

Available Photos

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