where to plant my bayberries

chrsvic(z6 OH)March 28, 2006

I've got an order coming from Musser forests with some shrubs, including northern bayberry.

Anybody growing these in Ohio or similar, know how big they might get? I'm getting 5, was thinking of planting them in a clump, maybe 6 feet apart in full sun.

I've often read that yellow-rumped (myrtle) warblers eat the small fruits. This winter I witnessed that a couple times - both in Virginia and Florida. Those might have been southern versions of bayberries, but im hoping these will be attractive to birds here.

I've noticed bayberries here grown under the eaves of fast-food restaurants - the foliage looks kind of "ratty" at the end of winter, so maybe these shouldn't be in a prominent spot.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have 3 Northern bayberries. In winter, they do get ratty. Two loose their leaves completely and 1 holds on to some of the leaves. Just bought a 4th, a female, (proven by presence of berries). My other 3 plants are males (proven by pollen in spring and the lack of berries). The plants are about 4-5 ft apart and are doing fine. The tallest is probably about 10 ft tall. I will be removing the 2 smaller males and putting in a female (it took a lot of work tracking down a known female- got it from a native plant nursery last week- it still had a few berries left). Hope to feed tree swallows and myrtle warblers now. In MD near Wash D.C., the Southern wax mytles (so. species of bayberries) hold their leaves well during the winter and look nice.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2006 at 7:45PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
chrsvic(z6 OH)

Thanks for the reply. I guess i can space them closer than 6 feet, if i want. I'm planting 5, so hopefully a couple of them are females. I've got the same thoughts as you, if I end up with a bunch of males, i would eliminate some and plant something else.

The berries look small enough that maybe bluebirds will like them too. I guess its possible tree swallows might eat them here as well, the birds return very early in the spring to nest.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2006 at 7:24PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Squirrel proof tube bird feeder
Need a recommendation for a good Squirrel-proof tube...
Any rules for placing bird houses?
Hi, I have a new birdhouse and want to place it. It...
Need advice on hosting bees in our yard
Hi Folks We maintain a NWF-certified wildlife habitat...
Wasp nest? rid of it? leave it alone?
Same one in the pictures but with different angles...
Favorite Shrub or Tree for attracting Wildlife and Why
What have you planted in your back yard that attracts...
Mike Larkin
Sponsored Products
Annie Four-Tier Shelf
$349.99 | Dot & Bo
Nearly Natural Blooming Hydrangea Vase Arrangement Decorative Plant
Red Carpet Studios Birdhouse Doorknob - 45283
$19.99 | Hayneedle
Josette Faux Floral Arrangement - WHITE
$700.00 | Horchow
Echeveria Art Print
$22.99 | Dot & Bo
75-ft. Coiled Watering Hose
$79.50 | FRONTGATE
Sansevieria and Black Planter Decorative Arrangement
Carlisle Etagere in Gray Finish, Patio Furniture
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™