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-t- Planting Mix
Wax Myrtle Planting Mix

Helps your Wax Myrtle get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ (DIEHARD™) Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 7-11

Growing Zones 7-11
This plant is recommended for zones: 7-11
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You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

15-20 ft.

Mature Width:

10-15 ft.


Full to Partial

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Botanical Name:

Myrica cerifera

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Great Versatility in an Ornamental Beauty

Native to the U.S., the Wax Myrtle is a fabulous evergreen plant with a long list of positive attributes to its credit.

In short, Wax Myrtle is deer resistant, heat and drought tolerant and grows fast in even poor soil. What more could you want in a carefree shrub?

If a partition or screen is your objective, then Wax Myrtle performs flawlessly. This shrub, with its dense foliage and quick-growing nature can easily be planted in multiples and shaped into a privacy hedge with occasional pruning.

With proper training, the Wax Myrtle also serves well as a small accent tree. This plant's foliage and berries are pleasingly fragrant, making it a great addition to your outdoor living space.

The Wax Myrtle blooms in the spring with tiny yellow-green flowers that are daintily aromatic.

Female Myrtle's will bear fruit berries that grow in clusters, and are green with an attractive bluish-white wax coating that lends them a vaporous gray appearance. The fruit matures in the fall and remains throughout winter, attracting a multitude of birds.

As a point of interest, the Wax Myrtle is also known as a Bayberry, because the wax can be separated from the fruit in boiling water to make fragrant bayberry scented candles. If you are crafty and enjoy making candles, this plant is a must have.

Known for its adaptable nature, the Wax Myrtle will put up with moist or dry soil and even grows well in infertile soils, but you'll get a truly crowning specimen with a bit of proper watering and fertilizer.

Wax Myrtles grow in either full sun or partial shade, and enjoy quite a lengthy life span. These plants are so trouble-free they practically take care of themselves.

Myrtle is 'green' in more ways than one, as it returns nitrogen to the soil and organically repels insects. Clip a few sprigs of this evergreen and place them around your closet or inside dresser drawers for a spicy hint of bayberry--you'll never buy another commercially-sold sachet again.

These fast-growing shrubs can grow as much as 5 feet per year, and reach mature heights upwards of 20 feet with an equivalent spread. So if shade is your goal, this tree certainly fits that bill.

Our Wax Myrtles are grown with expert, loving care and are healthy and ready for quick shipment today. Don't miss out on a great buy for a truly easy keeper in the garden!

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Customer Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
18 Reviews
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Growth Rate
Love wax myrtles. Have used them in west Texas (hot, dry, windy and freezing weather) and also in Houston (hot, wet, clay soil.) These trees take abuse and still look great. They can be a shrub, but I always trim the small branches that pop up along the trunks and mine have grown into very nice sized trees. They are evergreen, not messy (great around pools) and insects do not like them, so they are like an insect repellent of sorts. We had a fence behind our pool (about 10 feet clearance...then they built a house right on the other side of the fence, literally about 10 feet away. We planted tall trees (oaks such as bur, water oaks, elms) and put wax myrtles in between. Within 2 years we had tall trees with lower trees (wax myrtles-evergreen) filling in the spaces. Lovely, and made the neighbor house disappear and our backyard was a private oasis. You cannot kill a wax myrtle in my opinion. I prune the heck out of them when I am frustrated with other things (my husband just shakes his head when I'm hacking away) and they bounce back prettier than ever and get taller. Mine were up to the second floor of my house easily in about 2-3 years
December 31, 2012
Growth Rate
Back as promised
I said I would come back in spring to write a review on my Wax Myrtle:
It looked pretty sad all through winter as one would expect when new in the ground.
Last week - BOOM! It exploded into growth with lots of new leaves and limbs, it looks very happy and based on what I have seen in just a few days, I anticipate some good growth!
It is facing west in clay soil in south Texas - a challenge for any plant!
March 31, 2015
over 2 years ago
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Be careful if you believe the description as a 'tree' - we bought 2 - the are small bushes (about 18 inches high). It's anything BUT a tree (perhaps after a decade or two it could be trained to be shaped as one...but that's not exactly 'fast growing' is it?)
December 31, 2012
over 3 years ago
Growth Rate
Wax Myrtle
Love the tree so far. Really growing fast. To soon to tell long term how I will like it.
December 3, 2014
over 2 years ago
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Growth Rate
Arrived in good shape, in bush form for strong root system. I placed it in morning Texas sun for 1 week, then pruned into tree form. Supposed to ONLY trim 1/3 or less of current plant size. I trimmed/pruned almost half of delivered plant size. Kept in morning sun for another week then moved to plant location receiving 7+ hours of Texas summer sun/temps., for a week. I planted it following planting directions including plenty of water, except hole size. I planted in hole twice as deep and 3x as wide with compost, miracle gro and other planting material with 3 inches of mulch on top, but leaving top of root ball free from mulch to allow roots to 'breathe'. After pruning the plant size was roughly 2ft tall and 1 1/2ft wide. That was between May-June. Currently, the end of October, the plant size in tree form is 4 1/2-5ft tall and 3-3 1/2ft wide and extremely healthy. Still seeing new growth daily, though it is slowing. It is advertised as growing up to 5ft per year. Many plantings take at LEAST 2 years to become established and grow at higher rate. I expect growth of 4-5ft next growing season. This is a VERY durable, VERY easy to grow and VERY maintenance friendly plant. I do have some Black Diamond Crape Myrtles that are very 'finicky'. They take a lot of daily 'baby sitting' just to get them established. If they are gong to keep barely hang on by a thread, they WILL be replace with this Wax Myrtle. Wax Myrtles take effort and TOTAL neglect to kill. They grow in moist soil as well as dry, less than 'perfect' soil. If you're looking for a bush and/or tree that will easily grow to 15-20 feet within 3-5 years with little care/maintenance, I can't think of a better specimen, especially in the south, but also anywhere in its growing zones. Cheap, easy to grow and fast shade-hard to beat the Wax Myrtle, A.K.A. Southern Wax Myrtle, A.K.A. Bayberry Wax Myrtle. Get one or more. You will be impressed and happy with this plant/purchase. Though they can be grown as a bush, pruning to tree form is best in my opinion.
October 23, 2015
1 year ago
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Very happy.
The two wax myrtles I ordered arrived potted in nice size containers. They were wrapped and packaged well for the journey, and were green and healthy on arrival. I planted and watered them right away, and they've been doing great since.
July 28, 2015
1 year ago
Growth Rate
Very impressed
I do not have a green thumb....let's be honest here. I ordered 3 of these and 2 are excellent and the 3rd is doing fairly ok! I consider this a huge victory especially since most things I plant die, and I am doing this is a hardly place (Kyle, TX). Just foow the watering instructions and you will be fine. I don't see how this company gets bad reviews. I mean obviously you need to put a little work into gardening. Very few times is it set and forget.
July 29, 2015
1 year ago
Growth Rate
Great Privacy Hedge
I had seen these at my sisiter's house and love them. My tree was delivered quickly and had a short shock period then began to grow. By this fall it should be almost a foot taller than when delivered. I have my own secret mix for my new trees and they always do great!

Thanks for the healthy tree and quick delivery
July 26, 2015
1 year ago
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Growth Rate
Still waiting but only been a couple months
Easy transplant. One of the two wax trees seems to be growing faster than other. Hoping to see some growth in next few months during spring.
January 2, 2015
over 2 years ago
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Growth Rate
Wax Myrtle
I was surprised that after losing a lot of leaves, the wax myrtle is doing great! It's been a wet summer & I think that's helpful.
July 25, 2015
1 year ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Wax Myrtle

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Wax Myrtle.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Wax Myrtle gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Wax Myrtle again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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Using as accent tree with ground cover and blooming plants.
Carolyn T on Aug 9, 2016
Privacy from neighbors
Erica M on Jul 19, 2016
Using as accent tree with ground cover and blooming plants.
Carolyn T on Aug 9, 2016
Chose for birding and wildlife habitat.
Waltraud B on Aug 1, 2016
Privacy from neighbors
Erica M on Jul 19, 2016
I chose this tree as part of a mixed evergreen privacy hedge
Nancy L on Jul 2, 2016
Wanted evergreen plants. I live in California, and we can have beautiful landscaping all year round; so whenever I can I want to take advantage of that.
J. H. S on Apr 8, 2016
they are Evergreen and have a great natural shape
Chenaniah C on Feb 21, 2016
I grew up on the east coast and went bayberry picking every year. Although this tree is not the bayberry bush I am familiar with, it does have the same smell and grows well in drought tolerant areas.
Douglas G on Feb 10, 2016
Evergreen that can be shaped as a hedge or pruned as a tree!
Bigmachine on Jan 31, 2016
It is just what I was looking for, fast growing, great for my fence line for privacy and shade.
Jeanne M on Dec 29, 2015
privacy, evergreen, size
diane d on Nov 27, 2015
Vanaro H on Nov 20, 2015
I picked this tree because it is an evergreen that does not drop it's leaves and is the right size for our back yard for shade and has many valuable assets like preventing bugs and having the bayberry smell.
marsha h on Oct 28, 2015
Fast growing. Trouble free. Very nice in tree form. No green thumb needed!
P. J on Oct 23, 2015
I love maple trees despite I live in zone 10, It didn't work out, leaves are dried and burnt. I am replacing these trees. Wax myrtle tree sounds very good for California weather, I couldn't find these trees in our local nursery.
Jane P on Oct 11, 2015
We have a retirement home on Tilghman Island MD. I am trying to make the yard as close to a native beach forest as I can. I have transplanted Lob Lolly Pines from other parts of the Chesapeake. I looked up "trees of Assateauge" and lo and behold the "Wax Myrtle" came up. I will probably buy other trees that grow in that ecosystem. Thanks for asking.
Frank L on Oct 5, 2015
Poor soil tolerance and fairly fast growing.
Shirley B on Sep 20, 2015
They have a lovely fragrance.
Eddie M on Sep 10, 2015
I needed a plant to do well in drought and poor soil. This says it will and the reviews also say it will do well with the conditions stated. I will let you know!
Janet W on Sep 7, 2015
Wanted a nice pretty tree to see out my door. Just right size and is growing great.
James D on Sep 2, 2015
Chose for birding and wildlife habitat.
Waltraud B on Aug 1, 2016
I chose this tree as part of a mixed evergreen privacy hedge
Nancy L on Jul 2, 2016
How long will it take to reach the mature height of 20'?
harvey f on Oct 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: At a growth rate of at LEAST 3-5 ft. a year it won't take long!
Does the waxed myrtle stay green year round..do you recommend for Ohio??
A shopper on Jun 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Wax Myrtles are evergreens, but Ohio is a little cold for them.
how are the roots of wax myrtle grow?
young h on Jun 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Wax Myrtle has a non invasive colonizing root system. The roots grow down and out slightly like a crown.
How far apart do I plant them?
A shopper on Jun 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Plant them about 5 feet apart for a privacy screen.
Does the wax myrtle have surface roots or deep roots ?
Carol D on Feb 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: there are many sucker roots but you can knock them down with a weed eater or mower, the ones I have seen have been pruned 3 feet above the ground to let the neighbors get their car out of the next door without scratching it up. Privacy works both ways they both love it.
Do you have a 5 gal size wax myrtle?
A shopper on Oct 12, 2014
If I order wax myrtle I want a female so how do I know I am getting a female wax myrtle?
Cheryl on Mar 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Wax Myrtle's are Dioecious meaning they have both male and female parts.
Im looking for an evergreen tree to plant close to my porch on with western exposure. Can the wax myrtle be pruned to keep it at appropiate size 4-5 ft wide and 5-9 ft tall?
Brenda E on Jun 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, My tree is kept at about 4' wide and right now it's approximately 6' tall
without a male wil this tree not produce fruit? and will it grow in nampa, idaho? I really want this tree but I don't want the fruit.
pam h on Aug 25, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I am so sorry, but Nampa is listed by the USDA as being in zone 6, and the wax Myrtle is only hardy to zone 7. You might look at the more hardy Northern Bayberry, Myrica pensylvanica. Like the Wax Myrtle, it takes a male nearby for the female to produce fruit.
is this tree toxic to pets if ingested?
A shopper on Oct 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: There is not part on the Wax Myrtle that is poisonous, even the berries.
Can a wax myrtle survive in Denver, CO?
A shopper on Jun 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 7-11. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
How is a wax myrtle trained to grow into a shade tree?
Sister on Oct 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Cut all but 3 of the strongest trucks to the ground. Decide how much of the top growth you’d like to remain as the tree’s canopy and cut all the branches below. Remove any interior branches that's crossing other branches or growing inward. Pinch about an inch of growth off the tips of the remaining branches to promote new growth. From the very bottom tie up the branches every 1 foot up until you reach the canopy. Cut any new growth that appears below the canopy, when they appear
I have several 25 ft. myrtles. nothing grows under them, no grass or weeds. Is there something in the leaves that prevents growth. I would like to take advantage of this for weed control in other areas?
Richard on Jun 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Though Wax Myrtles do not produce any toxin that inhibits weed growth, they do grow so thickly and have such extensive roots that they will often crowd out other plants that cannot compete with them for nutrients. Wax Myrtles are much-loved garden plants in warm areas for their fragrant leaves and pretty blue berries, but a large planting can become a bit difficult to control. We recommend care in making large plantings of this plant, unless you don't mind it taking over the area.
Can this plant be used near the beach in Southern Florida, as a low maintenance narrow privacy hedge (4’ w by 20’-30’ h), with little need to keep re-hedging, planted in amended sandy soil, little direct sunlight, drought resistant winter & wet summers?
Mitra B on Jan 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Needs full sun to do its best. The more the sun light the taller, fuller and healthier it will be. Constant pruning needed to maintain a specific size.
Is this tree deer tolerant?
Jill B on Nov 2, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes they are deer resistant. Please keep in mind that if deer are hungry enough they will eat anything.
how tall is this plant in 3 gallon bucket?
muntanee j on Sep 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I bought one about a year ago. It was 2.5 to 3 ft tall, I believe. I planted it near the east fence, where it gets morning and afternoon sun. It is 5 to 6 ft tall now, and bushier also, despite a very cold winter (for NC) and several dry spells this spring and summer. It grows rather fast.
what is the life span?
Dianne S on May 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: From what i read on Google, they should live at least 15 years. The one I planted almost 2 years ago was 2 1/2 ft tall then, now it is 6 1/2 ft tall. Hopefully it won't continue to almost triple in height every 2 year.
What type of fertilizer can you use on a wax myrtle?
Wayne C on Oct 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Here in South Florida because we're gardening in sand, I used manure and potting mix along with the Fast Growing Trees own shrub and hedge planting mix to plant the shrubs. Since then I have used all-purpose fertilizer, and the hedge is developing nicely.
We are looking to create a screen for privacy above our 6' wall, to block out a two story building . We would be interested in an 8-10 foot tree, giving it a year to grow to at least 12' , should we consider the wax mrytle for south florida. Are the roots of the wax mrytle invasive? Will they undermine a masonry wall ?
A shopper on Jun 24, 2014
BEST ANSWER: If you can find and afford an 8-10 ft tree it will not undermine your masonry wall if wall was built right. They grow 3-5 ft per year. They can be pruned into tree form. That said, with your 6 ft wall, pruning to a tree form would not block the wall but would block viewing from the 2 story building you're trying to block.
Do they stay green all year?
Carolyn J on Apr 27, 2016
Hard to say. Mine is still small (approx 6ft) and had some mold problems last year (resolved with liquid copper) but did retain leaves through winter albeit not very many.
Does it bloom in different colors?
A shopper on Aug 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: we purchased the bush and it has yet to bloom. i think the cold Utah weather has been tough on them. Im sorry we cant help more than that.
I want to use this as a privacy screen - much like one of your reviews - to hide the house behind us! How far apart should they be planted? Not sure how many I need!
momchew3 on Aug 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I wouldn't use it as a privacy screen. the leaves are not very dense on Wax Myrtle. you would have to make the privacy screen quite deep to allow for privacy. I would use privet that grows much denser and also is a fast grower. for Wax Myrtle to be a privacy screen I would plant every three feet and project for it to be five feet deep.
I have a lot Wax Myrtle Trees and some are loosing the leaves. What causes that? We live in Texas and had a lot of rain in May/June and now we are in a drought.Do new leaves come back ?
Brigitte F on Aug 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hi Brigitte,
I live in south Texas and had the same problem. The amount of rain we had was too much for the wax myrtles and they got a fungus.
If you see little black dots and the leaves curling inward and dropping off you are possibly looking at the same problem. I used liquid copper antifungal and only needed one treatment (the instructions said two treatments two weeks apart) it came back with a vengeance.
Hope this helps.
Can I cut out the bottom of the plastic container and plant it with the tree to be used as a root barrier?
James B on Jul 11, 2015
Unfortunately the pot is not going to be a good root barrier. Being left in the pot, even cut up the sides will promote root girdling which will result in a poor quality tree with a short life.
Would this grow in Sacramento CA? It's the right zone (9b) but I'm not sure if it is too dry here for them?
Meredith W on Sep 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We planted Wax Myrtles a year ago in central FL. This has been the dryest and hottest summer (down 18" in rainfall for the year) and we haven't lost any yet.
We really enjoy the Wax Myrtles - they are heat and drought tolerant, they grow like weeds, plus the deer don't eat them either!
Good luck!
Live in Oregon in Williameth valley. Does anyone know how well these will do? They will be used as a privacy screen.
Carole K on Apr 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 7-11. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
WHEN SHOULD WAX MYRTLE BE PLANTED IN GROWING ZONE 9 OR 9B ? I'm using multiple plantings in Palm Springs for a privacy hedge.
John L on Mar 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I live in Oakland in California. I bought wax myrtle in September 2014 and I planted it than in my garden. I think you should plant it immediately now and keep it moist and shaded with some cloth for few weeks until it get stabilize. Palm Springs is very hot in Summer, so if you don't do it in couple of weeks it might be just to hot for planting and I would wait until the Autumn time.
Can I grow wax myrtle in total shade?
Cynthia R on Sep 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would say no. I am not an expert and my tree is still quite young, but we have it in a place where it gets sun and shade part of the day and it is thriving.
I have 30 feet of fence and looking to use this plant as a screen how many would I need?
Michael S on Jun 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would plant 6 feet apart.
plant in the fall?
michelle m on Sep 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Fall is great time to plant this tree. Once you get it in the ground it only takes a few weeks for the roots to get established and it will be good to go for the winter.

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