Pacific Wax Myrtle
Once established, needs only occasional watering. Best with moderate watering in hot inland areas.
|Botanical Pronunciation||MIR-i-ka kal-ih-FOR-nik-uh)|
|Lore||The 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 Maturity||Fast growth to 20-30 ft. tall, 10-20 ft. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Spring to summer, followed by small purple-black fruit clusters.|
|Design Ideas||A 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.|
|Garden Style||Contemporary, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Very Wet Areas, Coastal Exposure|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Special Feature||Easy Care, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly|
|Watering Needs||Once established, needs only occasional watering. Best with moderate watering in hot inland areas.|
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