Pacific bayberry

  • Latin name: Myrica californica Cham.
  • French name: Myrique du Pacifique
  • Taxonomic Serial Number:
    19264 [syn. M. californica Cham.]
    507897 (Morella californica (Cham. & Schlecht.) Wilbur)
Description

Leaves

  • Leaf - Pacific bayberry

Form

  • Evergreen, alternate, simple
  • Narrow; lower surface glandular
  • Fragrant when bruised

Length

  • 5–10 cm

Colour

  • Upper surface bright green

Margin

  • Coarsely toothed to near base

Buds

  • Lateral bud and leaf scar - Pacific bayberry

Form

  • Pointed
  • Several scales

Length

  • 7–9 mm

Colour

  • Reddish-brown

Flowers

Form

  • Pollen flowers and seed flowers in separate clusters in the leaf axils

Structure

  • Monoecious

Fruits

  • Fruit aggregate - Pacific bayberry

Form

  • A globular aggregate

Width

  • 4–6 mm

Colour

  • Dark purple

Size

Height

  • To 8 m

Diameter

  • To 30 cm

Range

Uncommon in Canada; near the coast of southern British Columbia

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