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Wax Myrtle

Myrica cerifera

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Growing Zones: 7-11
(hardy down to 10℉)

Growing Zones 7-11
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

15-20 ft.

Mature Width:

15-20 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


10 ft.

Growth Rate:


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Botanical Name:

Myrica cerifera

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Versatile Shrub or Ornamental Tree

Great as Shrubs
If a partition or screen is your objective, then Wax Myrtle performs flawlessly.  Its dense foliage and quick-growing nature lends itself to being an excellent choice for shrubs. Planted in multiples and shaped, they grow together to form a privacy hedge. Plant them in a row to define your property line, or to accent your front patio. If you have a back patio, or pool, they'll add a subtle touch of greenery around the areas to make the space feel comfortably luxurious.

Amazing Ornamentals
The Wax Myrtle is a fast grower - as much as 5 feet per year.  It will reach mature heights upwards of 20 feet with an equivalent spread. If you're looking for a beautiful and functional shade tree, this tree certainly fits the bill. With proper training, the Wax Myrtle also serves well as an accent tree. This plant's foliage and berries are pleasingly fragrant, making it a great addition to your outdoor living space. The fruit matures in the fall and remains throughout winter, attracting a multitude of birds.  Myrtle is 'green' in more ways than one, as it returns nitrogen to the soil and organically repels insects. 

Versatile and Not Finicky
The Wax Myrtle is a fabulous evergreen with a long list of positive attributes to its credit. The easy to grow plant is deer resistant, heat and drought tolerant.  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 long lifespan. These plants are so trouble-free they practically take care of themselves.

Flowers and Berries
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 wax can be separated from the fruit in boiling water to make fragrant bayberry scented candles. If you are crafty and enjoy making candles, you'll never run out of projects if you have Wax Myrtles.  Even when you're not in the mood for crafts - just 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.)

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Customer Reviews

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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
January 1, 2013
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 4 years ago
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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
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
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 4 years ago
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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
over 3 years ago
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
over 3 years ago
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
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
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
over 3 years ago
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 3 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?)
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago

Planting & Care

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

Wax Myrtle Planting Diretions

The Wax Myrtle (Myrica cerifera) is a semi-evergreen with a growth rate of 3-5 feet per year. It is a dense, fast growing shrub that can be planted in multiples to achieve a privacy hedge or can be formed into a small tree with the proper pruning and training.  Grayish-white berries attract birds throughout the winter months and are also used in addition to the wax on the leaves to make candles. Small yellow-green flowers will bloom in the spring giving off an aromatic scent.

Seasonal Information:  Hardy for zones 7-11, the Wax Myrtle does well in warmer climates.

Selecting a location: Wax Myrtles prefer well draining, slightly acidic soils, but will adapt to just about any soil type. If you’re located near a beach, this makes for a great tree as it is tolerant to sea spray. Select a location where where it will receive full to partial sunlight and where the roots will not be disturbed.

Planting Directions:
1) Dig a hole twice as wide and just as deep as the root system.
2) Place the tree in the hole and back fill it with your sandy, well-draining, slightly acidic soil. If you have clay soil, try amending it with sand, stone, perlite or fine potting soil.
3) Tamp the soil down as you back fill the hole to cut back on any air pockets from forming.
4) After planting, be sure to give your Wax Myrtle tree a deep watering for about 5 minutes. Mulching around the tree will help insulate the roots and keep your plant warm in the colder winter months as well.

Watering: Wax Myrtles do best when watered around the drip line every 10-14 days.  Avoid over watering your tree which will cause the leaves to wilt, turn brown and can even lead to root rot. As a rule of thumb, if the soil is moist 2-3 inches down, avoid watering your tree until it’s dry.

Fertilization: Wax Myrtles generally do not require very much fertilizing. If you do fertilize, avoid anything with an excessive amount of nitrogen as this will encourage lots of new growth but will require a more regular pruning regiment.

Pruning: When growing your Wax Myrtle as a hedge, minimal pruning is required to maintain a desired shape. Be sure to do any pruning in early spring before new growth starts. When the shrub is young, it can be trained into a tree-form by choosing the largest and strongest stem (or stems if you’d prefer a multi-trunk tree) and prune all other stems to ground level. Additional pruning will be needed each year to remove any lateral branches that grow off of any of the main stems that are within 4 feet of the ground. Also be sure to remove any suckers that grow out of the base of the tree as soon as they appear. Suckers can deprive the “alpha” portion of the tree of the necessary nutrients it needs to thrive.

Pests: Wax Myrtles do not have any serious common pests or diseases. You may see leaf spot but this is very rare. If you have soil with a higher pH, you may experience yellowing of the leaves. A soil test can help determine if this is an issue.

Planting & Care

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Why did you choose this? Store
low maintainance and fast growing
james n on Aug 12, 2018
Privacy plant with low maintenance, according to other customers.
Joe B on May 7, 2018
low maintainance and fast growing
james n on Aug 12, 2018
Hoping to create a quick privacy hedge between neighbor
K R on Jul 31, 2018
Privacy plant with low maintenance, according to other customers.
Joe B on May 7, 2018
Evergreen in SW Virginia. Deer don't bother them. Makes a great border at the edge of my yard
Vicky B on May 6, 2018
I was looking for a fast growing privacy hedge/tree that I can put between a canal and the back of my fnece in my back yard. This plant seems perfect because the soil is pretty sandy and not very good, and since it naturally repells insects...we get a lot of them because of the canal...this is a perfect barrier tree/shurb.
Brian L on Mar 25, 2018
I already have a few from you and I like them so much I wanted more.
Jennifer R on Mar 12, 2018
Low maintenance
Richard L on Feb 24, 2018
fast growing and evergreen
Nicola H on Feb 22, 2018
Fast growing and leaves year round.
Bruce H on Feb 21, 2018
a privacy hedge needed in a damp area
Patricia H on Feb 21, 2018
This tree had good reviews and my neighbor has one that is beautiful.
Jane G on Feb 19, 2018
Nitrogen fixer
Jessica D on Feb 12, 2018
Evergreen, fragrant, native.
Virginia R on Jan 27, 2018
for privacy hedges
Jasmine S on Jan 12, 2018
After reading several reviews and viewing multiple pictures online, we selected the Wax Myrtle to plant as a hedge along our back fence line. We like that this is fast growing, fragrant, bird friendly, and the 15-20ft height is ideal.
Amy T on Dec 26, 2017
I chose this tree because I love plants that remind me of the coast and these grow naturally at my states local beaches in South Carolina.
RANDALL T on Dec 22, 2017
I trained into a tree. It's a native plant where I live.
Kristi A on Dec 12, 2017
This tree attracts birds...also supposed to be a fast growing tree..
Paula jacobs J on Nov 3, 2017
For privacy, fast growing and something different in my yard
Janice M on Nov 1, 2017
Fast growing evergreen that can be trimmed to tree. To be used as green screen.
Barbara B on Oct 9, 2017
I lost two trees during Hurricane Irma and would like to replace that area with a quick growing shrub.
I also use Bayberry during the Yule season and am interested in having a quick supply.
Janet C on Oct 7, 2017
This plant was recommended as a good hearty plant that would thrive in most any soil/lighting situation, and it also provides a great privacy barrier between properties placed close together...!
Anna W on Sep 29, 2017
Philip C on Aug 1, 2017
to help create shade
Patricia B on Jul 9, 2017
height of 15-20 ft, evergreen, clean tree
Teresa P on Jul 3, 2017
Tree my goats are able to eat
Michelle P on May 20, 2017
Natural fast growing privacy hedge.
Sandra D on May 18, 2017
Chose these plants for their quick growth, durability and ability to grow well in containers.Also we live in a hillside development which has many deer.
Jason L on Apr 24, 2017
good shade and repeals fleas thank u
ernest h on Apr 20, 2017
native, privacy evergreen shrub
Miriam J on Apr 11, 2017
wanted an evergreen shrub, something easy to grow
Sharon H on Apr 10, 2017
Evergreen, fast growing, privacy screen
Deborah J on Apr 7, 2017
fast growing privacy hedge for our front yard. We live on a busy street and want to have coverage quickly. In addition, like the wax myrtle heartiness.
Jeffrey D on Mar 30, 2017
Privacy Quickly
Erin M on Mar 29, 2017
I already have wax myrtles and love them... as much as the birds, butterflies and bunnies do!! They are a natural screen... look much better than the wood fence and I so enjoy watching the wild life play in and out of them all year long .. since they are evergreen! I'm anxious to see if these come in as good shape as the reviews say... I will let you know if they do!
dina s on Mar 17, 2017
also have had these before but unfortunately they did not do well during the winter in So Utah and look like they're unlikely to recover. Great shrub for privacy, easy to trim, fast growing in TX, did not do well in UT which surprised me.
Cj U on Mar 5, 2017
I have been searching for the last seven years for candles with the Christmas smell of Bayberry, hopeful this is the answer.
I can make my own and enjoy the birds and a hedge.
Carol P on Mar 3, 2017
We have a couple Crepe Myrtles and they're nice to look at and easy to grow, so why not Wax Myrtles? AND they are "evergreen" so, yea!
Dennis M on Feb 12, 2017
needed a fast growing barrier, was intrigued by the bird attracting berry angle
greg W on Dec 31, 2016
Paul f on Oct 30, 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
Hoping to create a quick privacy hedge between neighbor
K R on Jul 31, 2018
Evergreen in SW Virginia. Deer don't bother them. Makes a great border at the edge of my yard
Vicky B on May 6, 2018
Does the waxed myrtle stay green year 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.
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
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 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.
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
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 would plant 6 feet apart.
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.
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.
I am interested in the shade and the berries. Will these trees produce berries? And do you need 2 trees to produce berries?
Cole H on Oct 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They are Dioecious trees meaning they have male and female parts on the same plant.
Are bees attracted to plant?
Natalie on Jun 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We have lots of bees in the yard but they don’t go near the wax myrtles.
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.
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.
Do they stay green all year?
Carolyn J on Apr 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Wax Myrtle is an EVERGREEN, which means it will retain its leaves year-round, if it is within the appropriate range of USDA growing areas.
Can this tree be kept potted as a patio tree?
Diana on Jul 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Although extremely versatile, was myrtle grows at such an astounding rate, that I would not recommend planting in a pot.
In just 3 years mine were 10-12 feet tall. I believe a pot would be too restrictive. Wax myrtle can be trimmed and shaped to shrub height and beyond. Mine are 18 ft in just 3 years. Beautiful! But a pot would not do it justice.
Does it have fragrance?
refael E on Jul 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have not noticed any fragrance or scent.
Is this tree messy and is good for near a pool?
Art S on May 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We have a couple and they’re planted in a raised garden…they do not seem messy at all compared to a regular tree with leaves.
can i keep it trimed at 5 foot high year after year?
lenny on Aug 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can.
I live in central Maryland, I need privacy fast, could this shrub be the one!?
Laura on Mar 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 7-11. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Does southern wax Myrtle grow in a very wet soil? If not please recommend a shrub that is good for property line which has very wet soil. Something that I could plant and grows well and fast in wet soil. Thank you
Roya B on Feb 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I live in southern Louisiana and hunt ducks in the MARSH every winter. We use wax myrtles to brush our duck blinds with and even build boat blinds with these plants. They grow all over the marsh so each year we find them, hop on the bank, and cut/load our boats with them then bring the cuttings to our duck blind. We stick the cuttings into about two feet of water and they grow all year long.

Wax myrtles WILL grow in very wet conditions. I’m 100% confident in that statement.
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: The wax myrtle is doing well - it just grows slower during drought and extreme heat. Seems to tolerate all of our weather extremes...
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.
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.
If I want a thick hedge do I still need to plant the myrtle 5 ft apart?
Sharon T on Jul 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I cannot answer that as I only bought one.
Does it provide noise reduction from neighbors?
Natalie on Jun 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: yes, but took us two years to get that thick.
Is this a tree or a shrub? The pictures posted show it has a shrub and as a tree
Christine F on May 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Whats great about the Wax Myrtle is that it is very versatile. You can trim it to be a tree or make it a hedge form. It is also a fabulous evergreen.
Want to use it as a hedge under windows in front of house. Can I keep it trimmed to about 4ft high? How many would I need to cover a 12ft area?
Pam Y on Jan 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can prune them to your desired height.
Are the wax myrtles deer tolerant?
Kenneth V on Mar 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They seem to be. We have plenty of deer in the backyard and so far they haven't eaten the wax myrtles.
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.

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