Bayberry, Sweet Oak, Spiceberry, Tallow shrub, Waxberry, Candleberry
This heritage plant has been cultivated since 1699. Early settlers in the Brazos Valley boiled the
leaves and fruit to extract the wax for making candles. Specialty candle stores across the U.S.
still feature “Bayberry candles” made from M. pennsylvanica. A dwarf variety, M. pusilla is also