When abundant wind borne pollen is shed, Bayberry is named a prevalent inhalant allergen in Tampa, and many people are sensitive to the scent.
Bayberry used to be in the genus Myrica. These are evergreen or deciduous shrubs or small trees native to North America. The berries yield a wax which is used to scent candles and perfume. Bayberries have purple fruits. They can grow on dry, sterile soils and can withstand pruning or shearing.
The shaded areas on the map indicates where the genus has been observed in the United States.
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