The Q&A Archives: Bayberry shrub

Question: I purchased a Bayberry approx 2 years ago and have never seen berries. I'm told by local nurseries that I need a male and a female plant in order for the female to produce berries. The problem is, no one can tell me how to tell the difference between male and female plants. Is there a way to tell?

Thanks in advance,
Laura Martin

Answer: If you purchased a Monrovia bayberry (NORTHERN BAYBERRY Myrica pennsylvanica), you have a male plant with inconspicuous spring flowers. In order to get berries, you'll need to add a female plant to your landscape. Females are tagged as female, berry producing plants. Their flowers are more conspicuous than those of the male. Best wishes with your landscape!

« Click to go to the homepage

» Ask a question of your own

Q&A Library Searching Tips

  • When singular and plural spellings differ, as in peony and peonies, try both.
  • Search terms are not case sensitive.

Today's site banner is by cocoajuno and is called "Here's looking at you."