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Pacific Wax Myrtle

Myrica californica

This fast growing, versatile native shrub adds vertical interest and shade to the landscape with little care. Ideal natural windbreak, screen or clipped hedge. Clean, glossy foliage is accented by purple fruit, a valued food source for birds. Evergreen.
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Full sun

Water when top 3 in. of soil is dry.


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Botanical PronunciationMIR-i-ka kal-ih-FOR-nik-uh)
LoreThe leaves of Myrica californica have a spicy aroma that can be used like bay leaves to season food, hence the plant is often referred to as California Bayberry.
Average Size at MaturityFast growth to 20-30 ft. tall, 10-20 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring to summer
Design IdeasA top choice for windswept coastal gardens, use this elegant shrub to block harsh winds or an unsightly view. Plant in large groupings to create a tall screen or a formal, manicured hedge. Plant as a foundation shrub to create a formal backdrop in shrub borders or feature as an accent in a perennial bed. This evergreen shrub is highly drought tolerant in coastal gardens when established, making it perfect for hillsides and minimal care gardens.
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Rustic
Growth RateFast
Landscape UsePrivacy Screen
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, Waterwise, Benefits Birds
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsWater when top 3 in. of soil is dry.

Provide full sun in coastal areas, afternoon shade inland. Highly adaptable. Tolerates wet soils if well-drained, and drought conditions when established. Best appearance with regular watering or deep soakings during extended hot spells.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-9

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