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Sierra Sweet Bay
Myrica hartwegii
About Sierra Sweet Bay (Myrica hartwegii) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Myrica hartwegii, known by the common names Sierra sweet bay and Sierra bayberry, is a species of shrub in the bayberry family. The plant is endemic to the Sierra Nevada of California, where it grows in moist areas, such as streambanks, in the foothills and lower slopes up to a maximum elevation of 1,500-1,800 metres (4,900-5,900 ft) . Myrica hartwegii is deciduous shrub that grows 1-2 metres (3. 3-6. 6 ft) tall with purple-black branches and twigs studded with yellowish resin glands. The leaves are widely lance-shaped to oval with blunt tips. They are up to about 10 cm long and about 3 wide, and they are usually edged with a few shallow teeth. They have scattered hairs and are densely coated in resin glands. The male and female flowers are arranged in separate spikelike inflorescences. The spherical, slightly waxy fruit is just under 2 mm wide and is dotted with glands.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

3.3 - 6.6 ft tall

Winter Deciduous

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 7 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade

Moderate - High

Common uses
Common uses
Deer Resistant

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 13.1" - 58.7", Summer Precipitation: 0.33" - 1.82", Coldest Month: 37.2" - 52.0", Hottest Month: 61.8" - 79.3", Humidity: 2.00" - 23.88", Elevation: 380" - 6521"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Mountain Wax-myrtle, Sierra Bayberry

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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