Photo Credit
Photo courtesy of USFWS Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.

Waxmyrtle

Scientific name
Morella cerifera
Plant Family
A wispy, 6 to 12 ft, multi-trunked evergreen shrub, southern bayberry or wax myrtle can reach 20 ft. in height and has light olive-green foliage with a spicy fragrance. Pale blue berries occur on female plants in the winter and provide food for a variety of birds, as well as, fragrance for candle makers.
Identification Hints

A wispy, 6 to 12 ft, multi-trunked evergreen shrub, southern bayberry or wax myrtle can reach 20 ft. in height and has light olive-green foliage with a spicy fragrance. Pale blue berries occur on female plants in the winter and provide food for a variety of birds, as well as, fragrance for candle makers.

Did You Know?

The species name, cerifera, comes from Latin and means "wax-bearing". The male and female flowers occur on separate plants and the female flowers are the ones that later develop into fruit.

States
AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, HI, LA, MD, MS, NC, NJ, OK, SC, TX, VA, WV