Morella cerifera

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Wax Myrtle


Also known as Myrica cerifera

Plant Specifics

Size:10-15 (20) ft tall by 8 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Fruit Color:White,green
Phenology:Evergreen. Inconspicuous blooms in spring. Fruits ripen in late summer to early fall.

Wet-dry sites. Upland mixed forest, floodplains, wetland edges, cutthroat seeps, old fields, scrub, fencerows, etc.


Recommended Uses:

Good as a background or hedge plant that also attracts wildlife.

Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
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 Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil/Substrate:Humus (organic, upland), Loam, Lime rock, Sand



Good wildlife cover.

Seeds eaten by birds. 

Larval host for banded hairstreak (Satyrium calanus) and red-banded hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)butterflies.