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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.
Flower ColorGreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseHedge, Privacy Screen
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, North American Native Selection, Compact Form
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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