Wax Myrtle

Myrica cerifera



Drought and salt-tolerant evergreen shrub. Great as a screening plant. Sun to partial shade. Prefers moist, sandy soils but tolerates a range of soil types from sand to clay. Normally maintained at about 10 to 15 feet tall but can grow taller. Bluish white berries yield fragrant wax for candles.

Plant Overview:

Other Common Names:Southern Wax Myrtle, Southern Bayberry
Plant Family:Myricaceae
Plant Duration:Perennial
Plant Type:Shrubs/Subshrub
South Jersey Native Range:Pine Barrens, South Jersey
Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife:Birds, Butterflies
Bloom Time:March and April
Fruit Timing:Fall
Global and State Rank:G5, S4
Commercially available landscape plant?Yes
Soil Characteristics:
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loam
Soil Moisture:Moist, Wet
Soil pH:Slightly Alkaline, Acidic, Slightly Acidic, Neutral
Light Needs:
Opitmal Light:Sun to partial shade
Light Range:Partial Shade, Sun
Water Needs of Plant:
Soil Moisture:Moist, Wet

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