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Also known as Myrica cerifera
|Size:||10-15 (20) ft tall by 8 ft wide|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Phenology:||Evergreen. Inconspicuous blooms in spring. Fruits ripen in late summer to early fall.|
|Noted for:||Hurricane wind resistance|
Good as a background or hedge plant that also attracts wildlife.
Dioecious (separate male and female plants).
Easily planted from seed or cuttings.
|Availability:||Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Specialty providers|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Tolerant of occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges.|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).|
|Soil or other substrate:||Humus (organic, upland), Loam, Lime rock, Sand|
|Soil pH:||Acidic to circum-neutral|
Good wildlife cover.
Seeds eaten by birds.
Larval host for banded hairstreak (Satyrium calanus) and red-banded hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)butterflies.
Wet-dry sites. Upland mixed forest, floodplains, wetland edges, cutthroat seeps, old fields, scrub, fencerows, etc.
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
Interesting smell to the foliage.
Candles were sometimes made using the wax that covers the seeds.
|General Comments:||There is a natural dwarf form that is associated with xeric uplands. I makes a nice, low-growing shrub in casual gardens.|