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Wax Myrtle

Wax Myrtle

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Undemanding Wax Myrtle is a quick growing evergreen tree that has a lot to offer: it's resistant to deer and disease, is drought tolerant and even thrives in mediocre soil. Heck, it will even grow in full sun or part shade! It also acts as a natural insect repellent and has a wonderful fragrance that is perfect for potpourri. One of the easiest trees to grow.

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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! 

 




Growing Zones: 7-11

Mature Height: 15-20 ft.
Mature Width: 10-15 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Myrica cerifera
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 7-11
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 7-11
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It's Easy to Plant 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.

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

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.



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.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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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
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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?)
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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.
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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
Reply · Report · Jim A on Jun 3, 2014
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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.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 27, 2014
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Can a wax myrtle survive in Denver, CO?
A shopper on Jun 4, 2014
Best Answer: Wax myrtle is very adaptive. I don't know how it would do with the cold winters. The few freezes we have in McKinney,tx it did fine with. Does need trimming often on bottom to get it to grow upward or will stay grow more like a bush. Other then that it's been great.
Reply · Report · Joe K on Jun 4, 2014
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when do you plant them?
wardept on Jun 17, 2014
Best Answer: We ordered and planted our two Wax Myrtles in July in the Northwest. In six weeks they doubled their height. A year later they are as tall as the fence.
Reply · Report · Kathleen W on Jun 17, 2014
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How tall is the 3 gal at shipping?
A shopper on Jun 24, 2014
Best Answer: It's anywhere between 1 to 2 feet tall.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 26, 2014
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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: The Wax Myrtle has non invasive roots. They grow very fast and their foliage makes a great privacy screen. They thrive in South Florida. They also get 15 to 20 feet tall and will easily make your 12 ft mark.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 26, 2014
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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.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 25, 2014
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I have been told i need a male and female for plant to bear fruit. Do you sell and identify both as i dont want the pkants if non blooming?
A shopper on Jun 26, 2014
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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.
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will it attract bees?
A shopper on Aug 7, 2014
Best Answer: no it has no significant flowers to draw them.. It is an evergreen but will most of its leaves in the winter at least that was my experience in the 1st year and a half that I have had it in SW Florida.
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Hello fiends. Can You grow a privacy hedge, which will block the view from this plant?
A shopper on Aug 27, 2014
Best Answer: Yes; it grows fairly quickly and stays green through the winter as well.
Reply · Report · Sue E on Aug 27, 2014
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I live in SoCal on the hills where it is very dry (drought conditions). I want a privacy screen between my house and my neighbor's which is only 15 feet away. There is a dividing wall about 5 feet high. So the plants should go against the wall and will get sun only when it is on a vertical because of the shade provided by the two houses. I would like it to grow to at least 12 feet high. Is this the correct shrub? If not what? Thank you
Julia G on Aug 14, 2014
Best Answer: I wish i had done the dwarf willow instead. it is not an evergreen though but the one i have grows 12 feet year after year. Our wax myrtle hedge is not loving the extreme cold and seem to be struggling. i am hoping it will take off soon. good luck!
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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
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What is the largest size wax myrtle trees be purchased?
Yve S on Aug 16, 2014
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Yes... Your Wax Myrtle can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

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Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.





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Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.


Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.