Often used as a screen or hedge and in median and buffer strips. Makes a wonderful specimen
and planter plant. As the roots of the plant fix nitrogen like legumes, do not fertilize them.
10 - 12' tall to 8' wide - Zones: 7-11
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Southern waxmyrtle has multiple, twisted trunks
with smooth, light grey bark. Wax myrtle is aromatic
with olive green leaves and clusters of grey-blue,
waxy berries on female plants which attract wildlife.
Waxmyrtle is a popular landscape plant, ideal for
use as a small tree if the lower limbs are removed to
display its form. Waxmyrtle can stand impossible soil
conditions, is rapid-growing and a striking evergreen.
Waxy blue-gray fruit on female plants is a major
source of food for wildlife.
|Waxmyrtle (Myrica cerifera)
Waxmyrtle is also known as
Southern bayberry or
candleberry because early
American colonists used the
fruit's pale blue, waxy covering
to make fragrant bayberry
candles. This custom is still
carried out today by crafts
people here and in other
countries. The tree's distinctive,
fragrant scent comes from
volatile oils contained in tiny
glands on the leaves. These oils
cause waxmyrtle to ignite in a
flash in a fire, making wax
myrtle a very flammable plant!
Waxmyrtle is a popular landscape tree and is often grown as a dense hedge for natural
Waxmyrtle is important for wildlife that depends on the persistent fruits for fat and fiber in their winter
diet. Birds, such as wild turkey, bob-white quail, various waterfowl, catbirds, thrashers, bluebirds, vireos,
and warblers are all frequent visitors to wax myrtle thickets. The berries are the main food for wintering
tree swallows in Florida. Wildlife is the primary disperser of waxmyrtle seeds.
Waxmyrtle is found from New Jersey to Florida and west into Texas and Oklahoma.