Dwarf Wax Myrtle

Myrica pusilla

This highly adaptable, low, spreading shrub features soft, fine-textured, aromatic leaves with a scent reminiscent of bayberry candles. Much like the larger wax myrtle, it produces profuse dark silvery-blue berries on female plants. An excellent pruned hedge, screen or specimen. Provides good erosion control. Evergreen in mild winter regions.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical PronunciationMIR-i-ka
LoreThe white waxy coating on the small fruits produced on female plants is often used for candle making.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 5 to 6 ft. tall and wide, slowly spreading.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Flower ColorGreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseErosion Control, Hedge, Privacy Screen, Very Wet Areas, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDwarf Plant, Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Wet Soils
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsDogwood (Cornus); Sedge (Carex); Bee Balm (Monarda); Forsythia (Forsythia); Turtlehead (Chelone)

Thrives in sandy, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; will tolerate wet soils if well-drained and moderate drought. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy appearance, prune annually to shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-9

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