Wax Myrtle

Wax Myrtle
Optimal Light: Full sun
Light Range: Full sun to part shade
Soil Moisture: Medium to high
Native: Yes
Drought Tolerance: Medium
Perennial: N/A
 
Growth Rate: Fast
Mature Height: 10 – 40 ft.
Mature Spread: 20 – 25 ft.
Soil Texture: Any
Soil pH: Any
Salt Tolerance: High
Hardiness Zone: 8-10

Wax Myrtle, Myrica cerifera and cvs.

Wax myrtle is a fast-growing, hardy native plant that can take tough conditions – heat, cold, wet and even salty areas. Wax myrtle is a fast-growing, hardy native plant that can take tough conditions – heat, cold, wet and even salty areas. The dense, fine-textured foliage can be nicely manicured to create a more formal look, or let the plant grow into its natural upright, bushy form.Birds are attracted to the small fruit produced by the female plant. Small spring flowers are followed by clusters of tiny fruit that matures in fall and often lasts on the plant throughout the winter. Sometimes called Southern bayberry, wax myrtle was used by early American colonists to make bayberry candles from the fruit’s waxy, bluish coating. The foliage is also aromatic. Commonly used as a hedge or privacy screen, this fast-growing shrub can also be grown as a tree. It’s also often planted along the edge of a pond.

Island Home Service Sanibel Island

Jürgen Schreyer
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Sanibel, FL 33957

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