Q. Hi, there is a hedge plant at the NYBG that I'm looking to identify. It is on the south side of the drive leading to the Stone Mill (left hand

Hi, there is a hedge plant at the NYBG that I'm looking to identify. It is on the south side of the drive leading to the Stone Mill (left hand side if you're walking toward the Stone Mill from the direction of the conifer section). I think it's possibly Myrica pensylvanica. In addition to the ID, I was hoping you might provide me with tips on how you keep it looking so nice (soil amendments, fertilizer, pruning schedule, etc.).

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Yes, this hedge is made with bayberry.

Fortunately, bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica) is very easy to grow. It tolerates many different soil conditions but prefers moist, slightly acidic, sandy soil. There is no need to add fertilizer. Bayberry can be planted in the spring or fall. Trim the stem to about 1 foot after planting; After that the shrubs do not need to be pruned unless you want to shape them. If you would like to encourage the attractive fruit then you need a few male shrubs as well as your female plants.

  • Last Updated Apr 02, 2018
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  • Answered By Ken Lloyd

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