Morella cerifera

wax myrtle


Synonyms:  Myrica cerifera

wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 10-15 (20) ft    Width: 8 ft
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color      white,green
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses:

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: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam, lime rock


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  

Good wildlife cover. Seeds eaten by birds. Larval host for banded hairstreak (Satyrium calanus) and red-banded hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)butterflies.

Native Habitats:

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:

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.