WAX MYRTLE (SOUTHERN) Myrica
SOUTHERN WAX MYRTLE (Myrica cerifera) is found along the eastern coast of the United States from New Jersey to southern Florida and through the Gulf states to Texas. Often found on sandy sites along the coast, it also inhabits a wide variety of sites from swamps to upland woods.
Very tough and easily-grown, Southern Waxmyrtle can tolerate a
variety of landscape settings from full sun to partial shade, wet
swamplands or high, dry and alkaline areas. Growth is thin in total
shade. It is also very salt-tolerant (soil and aerosol), making it
suitable for seaside landscaping. Wax myrtle is aromatic with olive green leaves and clusters of
grey-blue, waxy berries on female plants which attract wildlife. Without pruning, it will grow as wide as it is tall, usually 10 to 20'.