When it comes to erosion control the first thing that pops into your mind is probably Dune Grass or Beach Rose, but what many people don’t know is that there is another plant that also performs well as an erosion control. Myrica pensylvanica, more commonly known as Bayberry, is tolerant of high winds and salt sprays making it the perfect candidate for an erosion control plant.
Bayberry is a semi-evergreen shrub that can reach a height and spread of five to ten feet at maturity. If you are using it as an erosion control by the ocean, it is important to note that it will stay on the smaller side. Part of this plants growth habit is to send out suckers from its trunk base, which can be beneficial when using it as an erosion control. Bayberry features glossy green foliage that is aromatic when crushed. Some plants may produce clusters of tiny, greyish-white berries that will last through the winter, however, not every Bayberry bush will produce them.
What truly makes this plant so special, is its tolerance level. As previously mentioned, Bayberry can handle high winds and salt sprays, but it is also extremely tolerant of poor soil conditions. In fact Bayberry actually prefers to be planted in moist, sandy soils with a lower pH level.