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Myrica cerifera /Wax Myrtle

Myrica cerifera  / Myrica cerifera
A large, mature specimen wax myrtle
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A large, mature specimen wax myrtle

Sculptural gray branching

Heavy mass of unpruned wax myrtle with foliage hovering at ground level

Evergreen patio trees

Wax myrtles pruned into tree (standard) forms

High level hedge

Privacy control

Large natural form

Low spreading mass

Dense foliage mass above and sculptural trunks below

Late summer fruit

Pruned to expose silvery gray trunks

Clipped hedge

Privacy hedge adjacent to a busy street

A pair of pruned specimen plants

Natural roadside plant

Billowy foliage

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Scientific Name: Myrica cerifera
Common Name: Wax Myrtle
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Blue, Black
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
No
Landscape Categories: Bark, Trunk, and Branch Features
Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Plants that Attract Birds
Comments: Tree has rounded form, becoming irregular with age. Useful as screening, for hedges, and birds eat the fruit. The wax covering the seed was used in candle making. Male and female flowers on separate plants. It tends to sucker readily, which is not a good trait.