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.