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Pacific Waxmyrtle

Scientific name: Myrica californica

Type:Evergreen shrubs
Plant Requirements
Zone:7 to 9
Sun:Full to partial sun
Plant Characteristics
Height:30 ft
Width:20 ft
Bloom Time:May to June
Bloom Color:Yellow
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description The Pacific Wax Myrtle's dense bushy form, rapid growth and glossy green leaves make it a popular shrub for screening. It can also be pruned into an attractive small tree.

Broadleaf evergreen shrub that can ultimately grow to 30’ tall and 20’ wide if it is not pruned. It features many upright stems which are arranged in a rather loose fashion.

Leaves are a lustrous green color in spring, but fade to a darker green during the summer. They are typically 4” in length, having a narrow lanceolate shape. The edges of the leaves are toothed. Leaves typically point upward and are clustered at the terminal ends of the branches. When crushed the leaves have an aromatic, spicy scent.

Flowers appear in the late spring through early summer on both the male and female trees. They are small, yellow and inconspicuous.

Fruit are ¼” wide purple to black colored berries that are covered with a white waxy bloom. Each berry only has one seed within. Berries are noted in September - October. Birds love the tiny purplish fruits.

Sun or partial shade is best, but it will survive in almost full shade. Wax Myrtle can withstand damp locations and summer drought. It can survive on poor soil and seaside conditions. It is often used as a screen in an un-pruned shape. However it can be sheared to fit a space.

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