Synonyms: Myrica cerifera
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Good as a background or hedge plant that also attracts wildlife.
Dioecious (separate male and female plants). Easily planted from seed or cuttings.
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
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
Suitable to grow in:
Interesting smell to the foliage. Candles were sometimes made using the wax that covers the seeds.