How to Plant Bayberry


Bayberry is amedium to large evergreen shrub native to North America. It is dioecious--producing both female and male plants and needing both to produce berries. Its ripe berries are covered in wax, which is extracted by boiling in water and is used to make scented candles. Its leaves were used as a spice by Native Americans. Bayberry has a myriad of medicinal uses.

Step 1

Plant bayberry in full sun. It will grow in poor, infertile, sandy soils and will tolerate salty sea spray.

Step 2

Dig up the planting area by turning over the top 6 inches of soil with a shovel. This will make it easier for the roots to grow out into the surrounding soil and for the bayberry to get established. Rake the bed smooth after digging.

Step 3

Dig a planting hole that is about twice as large as the root ball. Place the roots into the hole and backfill with soil. Firm the surface gently but firmly with your foot.

Step 4

Water by placing a hose that is slowly seeping water near the base of the bush and water it until the soil is thoroughly moistened to the depth of the root ball, approximately 60 to 90 minutes.

Step 5

Mulch the planting area with a 2-inch layer of wood chips or hay.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden shovel
  • Mulch


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