- Hardiness Zone: 3-7
- Mature Height: 4-5' tall
- Mature Width: 5-7' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
- Spacing: 5-7' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: Chickadees, bluebirds, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, titmice, catbirds, and Brown Thrashers.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
Why the Audubon® Northern Bayberry?
With its dense, twiggy branches, Northern Bayberry is just what birds are looking for when they want to start a family. Plant it en masse, and you’ll encourage songbirds to nest in your yard! In fall, you’ll have more activity in your Bayberry bushes when female plants bear their nutritious fruits, and the birds come flocking. Sweet, perky Yellow-rumped Warblers (known affectionately to birders as “butter butts”) are first in line. They rely on the high-fat berries to fuel their fall migration. Chickadees, bluebirds, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, titmice, catbirds, and Brown Thrashers are also fond of the silvery fruits.
You may not equate “fatty” with “nutritious,” but for birds in fall, fatty foods are the healthiest of all. Fruits with a naturally high fat content give birds the energy they need for migration, or—in the case of winter-residents—for just staying warm. Northern Bayberry has been found to have one of the highest fat quotients of any native fruit, so it gives birds a big bang for their buck. This species mostly hugs the Atlantic coastline and is present from Canada to North Carolina. It provides wonderful rest stops for birds migrating via the Atlantic flyway.
How to use in the landscape?
Bayberry candles! This is where the authentic ones come from. American settlers were happy to learn they could turn fragrant, waxy Northern Bayberry fruits into candles. The process was labor-intensive, but the result burned clean and bright—and smelled delightful!
Why Bower & Branch?
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
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Hardiness Zone: 3-7
Mature Height: 4-5' tall
Mature Width: 5-7' wide
Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
Spacing: 5-7' apart
How To Plant
Northern Bayberry is considered a healing plant. It grows happily in poor soil and can fix its own nitrogen, so it actually improves the site it’s growing on. In the garden, too, it does not need any coddling. It grows in sand or clay, it doesn’t need a lot of water, and it tolerates salt spray, strong winds, and winter temperatures to -30ºF. Give it as much sun as you can. Northern Bayberry will sucker to form an informal hedge. It does not need to be pruned, but if you do choose to tidy it up with some trimming, it will smell delicious!
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
Hardiness Zone: 3-7