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where to plant my bayberries

Posted by chrsvic z6 OH (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 28, 06 at 19:17

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.


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RE: where to plant my bayberries

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.


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RE: where to plant my bayberries

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.


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