Growing Zones: 7-11 outdoors(hardy down to 10℉) 7-11 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 15-20 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 15-20 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- 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.
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.)
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.
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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 .
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...
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.
WE LIVE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA WITH "SUGAR" SAND A FINE SANDY ACIDIC SOIL THAT DOESN'T ABSORB WATER QUICKLY. FLEAS FROM ANIMALS BIRDS AND SQUIRRELS LOVE IT. WAX (OR WILD) MYRTLE REPELS THOSE FLEAS LIKE MAGIC. MY DADDY TRANSPLANTED ABOUT THREE DOZEN SMALL BUSHES FROM THE WOODS IN 1961 (WE ARE VERY RURAL IN POLK COUNTY) AND WITHIN THREE TO FIVE YEARS WE HAD A NINE-FOOT+ PRIVACY HEDGE. THESE BUSHES SEND UP SELF-GENERATING SHOOTS THAT FILL IN EMPTY SPACES 30 YEARS LATER IT WAS STILL A GORGEOUS HEDGE OVER 20 FEET HIGH! HE TRIMMED THEM YEARLY AND USED MONTHLY APPLICATIONS OF NITROGEN RICH FERTILIZER DURING ITS GROWING SEASON. I WAS SO PLEASED TO FIND THIS WEBSITE BECAUSE I WILL BE PURCHASING SEVERAL FROM HERE AS WE ARE MOVING TO EASTERN TENNESEE NEXT YEAR.
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!!
Planting & Care
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.
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.
Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted
Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
|$149 & above||Free Shipping!|
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, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
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We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of April 7th|
|Zones 7-11||Ships Now!|