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Southern Wax Myrtle – Myrica cerifera

Wax Myrtle, scientifically known as Myrica cerifera, is a versatile evergreen shrub known for its fragrant foliage and waxy berries. Native to the southeastern United States, it thrives in various climates and soil conditions, making it a popular choice for landscaping and natural habitats.


Typical Uses

Wax Myrtle serves multiple purposes. Its aromatic leaves are often used in potpourris and sachets, emitting a pleasant scent when crushed. Additionally, its berries are a vital food source for wildlife, attracting birds and other fauna to gardens and natural areas.


Establishment and Care

To establish a healthy Wax Myrtle, plant it in well-drained soil with full to partial sun exposure. Regular watering is essential during its initial growth phase. Once established, it’s relatively drought-tolerant. Pruning can be done to maintain shape or control size, typically in late winter or early spring.


Special Features and Usage

One of the exceptional features of Wax Myrtle is its ability to thrive in various conditions, including coastal areas and inland landscapes. Its aromatic leaves also make it a great choice for natural insect repellents when dried and crushed. Additionally, its berries are used in some traditional recipes and can be made into wax for candles or soaps.


Soil Moisture

Well Drained

Light Requirement

Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water Use



Spring, Winter


5 Gallon


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