Southern Wax Myrtle (Morella cerifera)

Common names:
Give a thumbs up Southern Wax Myrtle
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Botanical names:
Morella cerifera Accepted
Myrica cerifera Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 3 to 40 feet
Plant Spread: to 25 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Edible to birds
Other: small light green drupe covered with bluish-white wax
Flowers: Blooms on old wood
Other: males bear yellow green catkins, females are small & inconspicuous little bumps that turn into berries
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Erosion control
Shade Tree
Culinary Herb
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Cuttings: Root
Other: chunks of root mass dug up & planted will send up new stems
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Picture taken at Lowe's on Lemmon

Posted by fiwit (My little patch of paradise - Zone 7b) on Sep 29, 2011 11:08 AM

While this plant needs both male and female to produce fruit, my local nursery told me that as long as you plant at least 3 of them, one plant will transgender to ensure both genders are represented. This is especially useful to know when you're buying plants that are so young it's hard to accurately determine their gender. (the reason they recommended 3 was to ensure a better chance of getting both genders)

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