Wax Myrtle

Wax Myrtle Cherrylake

Wax Myrtle Cherrylake

Myrica Cerifera

The Myrica cerifera, commonly known as the Wax Myrtle or Mayberry
tree, is formed by multiple twisted trunks and smooth, aromatic olive
green leaves. The Wax Myrtle is quick-growing and commonly used as
either a tree or a shrub, with the capabilities of reaching heights greater
than 20 feet with an equivalent spread. Birds such as wild turkey, quail,
waterfowl, catbirds, bluebirds and warblers are attracted to the pale blue
berries that the female plants grow in the fall and maintain throughout
the winter. Butterflies and bees will also flock to tree, but because of its
aromatic foliage, it will repel insects. Because there are separate male
and female plants, if you want berries, you must have male plants close
enough to the berry-producing female plants for pollination to occur. At
Cherrylake, we start our liners with eight seeds per liner cell, making it
possible (but not guaranteed) to get both male and female plants in the
same container. The berries have a waxy coating, which were once used
to make candles.

Although a tough and easily grown variety, the Wax Myrtle’s multiple
trunks may not withstand strong winds. You can prune the Wax Myrtle
to not only to show off their picturesque form, but also to help build a
strong structure. They grow best in full sun, but while they can tolerate
shade, they will grow a thinner canopy. They do best with well-draining
soil and are salt tolerant, making it suitable for seaside applications. Wax
Myrtles are adaptable to many habitats and conditions and while they
grow naturally in wetlands, they can also thrive in the landscape.

max myrtle in the landscape

Wax Myrtle in the landscape

Ornamental Characteristics:

Native Origin:
North America

Common Names:
Wax Myrtle, Southern
Way Myrtle, Southern
Bayberry, Bayberry,
Candleberry, Tallow

Hardy Range: 7B – 11
Mature Height: 15’ – 25’
Mature Spread: 20’ – 25’
Growth Rate: Fast
Growth Habit: Round,
vase shape

Ornamental Characteristics:
The Wax Myrtle can grow upwards of 25 feet with
an equivalent spread, but it is most commonly seen
in the 10 to 20 foot range. It is a multi-trunk tree, and
each unique trunk is twisted and slightly crooked. Its
bark is grey and white, and berries are blue/grey. The
foliage of this tree is made up of aromatic olive green

Soil: Clay, sand, loam,
alkaline, acidic, extended
flooding, well-drained
Salt: High
Exposure: full sun, partial
sun, or partial shade,
shade tolerant
Drought Tolerance: Moderate

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Wax Myrtle Berries

Wax Myrtle Berries

Ligustrum Leaves

Wax Myrtle Leaves