Waxmyrtle (Morella cerifera)

Bayberry family (Myricaceae) | Evergreen Trees and Shrubs plant group
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A wispy, 6 to 12 ft, multi-trunked evergreen shrub, southern bayberry or wax myrtle can reach 20 ft. in height and has light olive-green foliage with a spicy fragrance. Pale blue berries occur on female plants in the winter and provide food for a variety of birds, as well as, fragrance for candle makers.

Identification Hints
A wispy, 6 to 12 ft, multi-trunked evergreen shrub, southern bayberry or wax myrtle can reach 20 ft. in height and has light olive-green foliage with a spicy fragrance. Pale blue berries occur on female plants in the winter and provide food for a variety of birds, as well as, fragrance for candle makers.
Did You Know?
The species name, cerifera, comes from Latin and means "wax-bearing". The male and female flowers occur on separate plants and the female flowers are the ones that later develop into fruit.
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