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Wax Myrtle

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Native trees and shrubs provide food and natural habitats for local wildlife and help reduce soil erosion, without invading our landscape. Consider planting this species, which is indigenous to the southeastern United States.
Tree / Shrub Type

Wax Myrtle

Myrica cerifera

A wispy, multi-trunked, evergreen that is essentially a shrub, serves as an excellent screen plant. The light olive-green foliage is aromatic, with an appealing, piquant fragrance when crushed. Pale blue berries occur on female plants in the winter. Handsome gray bark is almost white on some plants.

  • Dimensions: 6-12 feet tall, 8-10 feet wide
  • Water Use: Medium to wet
  • Light Requirement: Partial shade to full sun
  • Soil Moisture: Medium to moist soil
  • Ornamental Use: A popular, evergreen screening shrub for residential landscapes.
  • Wildlife: Berries eaten by many species of birds, attracts butterflies.

Details: Wax Myrtle

Mature Size

H: 6'-12' W: 8'-10'

Water Requirements

Medium / Wet

Light Requirements

Partial Shade / Full Sun

Soil Moisture

Medium / Moist



Wildlife Value

Attracts / Food