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Wax Myrtle

Myrica cerifera

Wax Myrtle
Wax Myrtle
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    Growing Zones: 7-11
    (hardy down to 10℉)
    Growing Zones 7-11 Map
    Mature Height: 15-20 ft.
    Mature Width: 15-20 ft.
    Sunlight: Full-Partial
    Growth Rate: Moderate
    Botanical Name: Myrica cerifera
    Does Not Ship To: AZ
  • Product Description
    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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    Our Wax Myrtles are grown with expert, loving care and are healthy and ready for quick shipment the next business day.  Don't miss out on a great buy for a truly easy to grow specimen.

  • Reviews
    4.2 / 5.0
    37 Reviews
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    Plants arrived quickly and in fairly good condition.
    I was disappointed in how much the plants were pruned back, for $40.00 per plant I was expecting them to be at least a two foot tall, they were barely one foot from the root crown. The plants are healthy but four out of the 20 purchased arrived with a lot of damage. I did not want to wait for new ones to be sent so I took the chance and planted them. Three seem to be doing well, I think one will not survive. I can't imagine there is not a plastic surround that can be used to minimize shipping damage. I believe this is a good company but if I had to do it again would try to find a local nursery.
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    May 31, 2018
    9 months ago
    Growing Zone:
    A hedge tree eve I can grow
    Second time I purchased these. They grow very fast and need next to no care. I got the first batch one year ago. They are now over 7 feet tall. I bought more this year but couldn't get them planted for several weeks. Some look like they died but I planted them anyways, and now they look great.

    This is my new favorite hedge tree.
    May 23, 2018
    10 months ago
    Not a good buy.
    I was very disappointed with the wax myrtle plant.I cared for it according to the instructions.It lost most most of its leaves and barely survived.It has very little leaves or growth.They were much too expensive for the outcome .
    May 16, 2018
    1 year ago
    Growing Zone:
    bought three..,were well packaged...followed planting instructions...but so far only one has survived...we did have a couple of days this past winter that were far colder than what we normally experience so that may have been a contributing factor...will still purchase from this company...
    May 16, 2018
    1 year ago
    Great in tree form
    Very ardy. We have some unpredictable cold days. Smell good with berries. Love them in tree form. These are four years old.
    In tree like form.
    In tree like form.
    May 14, 2018
    10 months ago
    Growing Zone:
    We planted 5 of these last year and all 5 are thriving and have almost tripled in size! We are very pleased!
    May 13, 2018
    1 year ago
    October 30, 2017
    pleased in knoxville
    was delivered in great shape very healthy. looked like a bush but am trimming out branches to grow as a tree.Growing very well!!
    October 23, 2017
    1 year ago
    2 stars because it arrived fast unfortunately, the 3 gallon plant was tiny with a lot of broken stems. This would take at least 2 years to grow fence height its so small. In addition to being dissapointed about the product i recieved, i have to pay shipping cost to return the item. No more online tree shopping for me. Lesson learned. Thanks for wasting my time and taking my money.
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    Added Oct 19, 2017
    October 19, 2017
    1 year ago
    New Growth is Comng On
    About6 weeks after planting the wax myrtle new growth is looking good. I bought these plants for a privacy screen between my home and a new, large apartment complex. It is too early to tell how the plants will work for privacy. Our home is about 200 miles from the Texas coast, but we did get 8 to 10 inches of rain from Harvey and had some flooding of our yard from the apartment construction. The excess water didn't even effect the wax myrtle.
    September 15, 2017
    1 year ago
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  • Questions(35) & Answers(60)
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    Why did you choose this? Store
    fast growing privacy hedge
    Mary A on Nov 17, 2018
    Hoping to create a quick privacy hedge between neighbor
    K R on Jul 31, 2018
    fast growing privacy hedge
    Mary A on Nov 17, 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
    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
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Anyone from zone 7 where these are thriving? Live on Long Island NY and looking to buy!
    PrettyLady60 on Oct 22, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: I live in Alexandria, VA. and I bought these 2 years ago. They werea good height but rather thin. However, there were times during thoseyears that I'd say "OMG!" especially this winter (2018) and all therain that we have had here. Now they are absolutely outstanding.In fact, the landscaper had to come and trim the hedges back 2-1/2 feetthe last week in September. I try to keep them no higher than 4 to 5feet high.A very good investment.I hope this helps.
    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.
    How can I tell the difference between a wax myrtle and a crepe myrtle?
    Thomas K on Dec 21, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Crepe Myrtles have beautiful cone shaped flowers that bloom in the summer. Their bark is also attractive in many of the crepe myrtle varieties The was myrtle (as far as I know) doesn’t have flowers but some do have little red berries. The wax myrtle also is an evergreen whereas the crepe myrtle is not. The crepe will shed its leaves in fall. I hope this helps!
    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...
    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.
    How long does it take till full grown?
    Elmer m on Oct 15, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Rapid growth and can get quite tall and thick, depending on how happy it is with the location, light, water, and nutrition. Can be pruned as a tree shape or shaped as a shrub. As with most plants the first year is crucial and it might take a while to “get happy.” Mine are three years old and after a slow first year in suboptimal conditions they are now about 12 feet tall and thick.
    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.
  • 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 and Care Directions for Wax Myrtle
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    You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 3, 4, or 5. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

    We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.

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