Myrica

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Myrica' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/myrica/). Accessed 2021-11-30.

Family

  • Myricaceae

Common Names

  • Gale
  • Bayberry

Glossary

alternate
Attached singly along the axis not in pairs or whorls.
ovary
Lowest part of the carpel containing the ovules; later developing into the fruit.
unisexual
Having only male or female organs in a flower.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Myrica' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/myrica/). Accessed 2021-11-30.

Deciduous and evergreen shrubs or small trees, with scented alternate leaves and unisexual flowers, the sexes sometimes on the same plant, sometimes separated. Flowers in catkins, and produced in the axils of bracts. There are neither sepals nor petals, the male flower consisting of a varying number of stamens, the female of a one-celled ovary with two stalkless stigmas.

The myricas are not much grown in gardens, but are worth a place for their sweetly scented leaves, and, in the American kinds, their white, wax-coated fruits. They thrive in any ordinary soil. Increased by seed or layering.