WAX MYRTLE

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COMMON NAME Wax Myrtle, Bayberry, Candleberry
BOTANICAL NAME Myrica cerifera
HEIGHT 15′
WIDTH 10′
DIOECIOUS
EVERGREEN
LIFESPAN 30 years
COLD TOLERANCE 0° F
SOIL TYPE Wet or dry
DROUGHT TOLERANCE Medium
SALT TOLERANCE Medium
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Full sun to part shade
FLOWER Slim, cylindrical male and female flowers. Male flowers have three or four stamens, and are surrounded by short bracts.
MONTH OF COLOR Late Winter to Spring
FRUIT Late Summer to Fall. Female trees produce drupes of small, round, waxy, white, slightly blue tinted fruits. Inedible.
COMMENTS Great large shrub for privacy or used as a medium hedge. Grows 2’+ every year. Leaves have a spicy, lemony, aroma when crushed. The bark is thin, smooth, and gray-brown, almost white. Fruit is a food source for many birds.
PRICE 15 gallon $75, 7 gallon $25, 3 gallon $13