A dense-branching deciduous shrub with a rounded habit which typically grows 6-10' tall. Native to North America.
A mostly dioecious shrub (male and female flowers appear in separate catkins on separate plants). Flowers on female plants, if pollinated, are followed by attractive clusters of tiny, grayish-white fruits in late summer which usually persist through the winter, but are not particularly showy. The fruits are covered with an aromatic, waxy substance which is used to make bayberry candles, soaps and sealing wax. Fruits are attractive to birds.
Leathery, glossy, grayish-green leaves are dotted with resin and aromatic when crushed.
Full sun to part shade