Common Name: Wax Myrtle, Southern Bayberry

  • Habit: Shrub
  • Light: Part Shade (2-5 hrs. direct sun), Full Sun (5+ hrs. direct sun)
  • Water Needs: Average, Moist, Wet
  • Height: 15-30′
  • Flower: Green, Mar-May
  • Fruit: Clusters of small blue drupes
  • Fall Color: no/evergreen
  • Natural Habitat: Floodplain/Marsh, Riparian

Morella cerifera, or Southern Wax Myrtle, is an evergreen shrub with olive-green leaves that have a spicy fragrance and bark that ranges in color from grey to white. This shrub can reach up to 20ft tall but is more commonly between 6-12ft tall. In winter, pale blue berries are produced by female plants. These berries provide forage for many species of birds or can be melted down to make wax.

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