Myrica rubra - (Lour.)Siebold.&Zucc.
Common Name Chinese Bayberry
Family Myricaceae
USDA hardiness 9-11
Known Hazards Although no reports of toxicity have been seen for this species, there is a report for some members of this genus that some of the constituents of the wax might be carcinogenic[222].
Habitats Forests of C. and S. Japan[58]. Coastal districts in warm countries[174].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Tender Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

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Myrica rubra Chinese Bayberry
Myrica rubra Chinese Bayberry
Physical Characteristics
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Myrica rubra is an evergreen Shrub growing to 15 m (49ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. It is in leaf 12-Jan. The flowers are monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Wind.It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

M. nagi. non Thunb.

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit;  Seed.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[1, 105]. Succulent and aromatic[82], it has an agreeable sub-acid taste[183]. Juicy, sweetish and sour according to another report[174]. The fruit soon rots so it is difficult to grow commercially because of the problems of getting it to market in good condition[174]. The fruit is up to 25mm in diameter[200]. The seed is said to be edible[61, 177, 183].
Medicinal Uses

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Astringent;  Cardiac;  Carminative;  Pectoral;  Skin;  Stomachic;  Vulnerary.

Astringent, carminative, vulnerary[174, 178]. The stem bark is used as a wash in the treatment of arsenic poisoning, skin diseases, wounds and ulcers[218]. The fruit is carminative, pectoral and stomachic[218]. The seed is used in the treatment of sweaty feet[218]. The plant is used in the treatment of cholera, heart ailments and stomach diseases[218].


Other Uses

A yellow dye is obtained from the plant[174]. (The part of the plant is not specified).
Cultivation details
Prefers a moist soil. Grows well in an open position in a well-drained soil in sun or light shade[200]. Thrives in any ordinary garden soil[11]. Prefers a lime-free loamy or peaty soil[1]. Not very hardy in Britain, it succeeds outdoors in the milder areas of the country according to one report[1], whilst another says that it only succeeds in zone 10 and does not tolerate frosts[200]. Plants succeed outdoors in Japan as far north as Tokyo, but it is difficult to get them to fruit there[174].. This plant has been recommended for improvement by selection and breeding for its edible fruit. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Many species in this genus have a symbiotic relationship with certain soil micro-organisms, these form nodules on the roots of the plants and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200].
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame. Barely cover the seed and keep it moist. Stored seed germinates more freely if given a 3 month cold stratification and then sown in a cold frame. Germination is usually good[78]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow on in the cold frame for the first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer[K]. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Pot up and overwinter in a cold frame. Fair to good percentage[78]. Cuttings of mature wood in November/December in a frame. Layering in spring[200]. Division of suckers in the dormant season. Plant them out direct into their permanent positions.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Yechezkel Schatz   Wed Jun 25 12:19:37 2003
I found the Japanese name Yamamomo (or Yama momo) for the fruit.
J.X.   Fri Mar 3 2006
The fruit has a wonderful unique taste. In China, all fruit is picked ripe on the tree (unlike in North American practice). The fruit does not ripen well after it is picked. In China it seems to grow in colder places than zone 10, nor does it tolerate extreme tropical climates.
Rob   Sun Dec 7 2008
Edibility rating 2 ??? In China the fruit has been grown for 2,000 years. It’s so popular there that about twice as many acres are cultivated as the acres cultivated of apples in the US.
GreenMan   Tue Mar 10 2009
Where can I get a plant?
Pedro   Thu Oct 15 2009
Hello, my name Pedfro'm Spanish What price Myrica rubra seed? yamamomo.
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