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Taxon: Morella pensylvanica (Mirb.) Kartesz

Genus: Morella
Family: Myricaceae
Nomen number: 419850
Place of publication: Synthesis N. Amer. Fl., vers. 1[2]. 1999
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 03-Apr-2006 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 20-May-2014
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 15 (15 active, 5 available) in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)


Common names:

  • bayberry  (Source: Hortus 3) - English
  • candle-berry  (Source: F Canada) - English
  • candletree  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • candlewood  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • northern bayberry  (Source: Trees US) - English
  • small waxberry  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • swamp candleberry  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • tallow bayberry  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • tallowshrub  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • tallowtree  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • waxberry  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • arbre à cire  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • myrica cirier  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • myrique de Pennsylvanie  (Source: F NAmer) - French
  • árbol de la cera  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish
  • amerikansk pors  (Source: Kulturvaxtdatabas) - Swedish

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: erosion control (as Myrica pensylvanica)
  • Materials:
  • Medicines: folklore

Distributional Range:


    Northern America
    • EASTERN CANADA: Canada, [Québec (e.), Nova Scotia, Ontario (Norfolk Co.), Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador (s.)] St. Pierre and Miquelon
    • NORTHEASTERN U.S.A.: United States [Connecticut, Maine (s.), Massachusetts (e.), New Hampshire (s.e.), New Jersey, New York (s.e.), Ohio (n.e.), Pennsylvania, Rhode Island]
    • SOUTHEASTERN U.S.A.: United States [Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina (n.e.)]


  1. FNA Editorial Committee Flora of North America. (F NAmer)
  2. Krüssmann, G. Manual of cultivated broad-leaved trees and shrubs (English translation of Handbuch der Laubgehölze. 1976) (Krussmann)
  3. Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. (Hortus 3)
  4. Little, E. L., Jr. Checklist of United States trees, Agric. Handb. 541 (Trees US)
  5. McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker Herbs of commerce, ed. 2 (Herbs Commerce ed2)
  6. Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants (Dict Rehm)
  7. Scoggan, H. J. The flora of Canada, 4 vol. (F Canada)

Check other web resources for Morella pensylvanica (Mirb.) Kartesz :

  • Flora of North America: Collaborative Floristic Effort of North American Botanists
  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program:
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=419850. Accessed 20 May 2019.