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Wax Myrtle


Myrica cerifera

Wax myrtle is an evergreen shrub or small tree. Many bird species, including the northern bobwhite quail, Carolina wren and the wild turkey eat the fruit. Seeds are distributed with the help of birds that eat them and passing through the bird actually helps in the seed’s germination.


Growing requirements of this and other Elms Nursery plants 




M. cerifera is dioecious. This means not all plants produce fruit, only female plants produce female flowers that develop into fruit (male plants do not produce fruit). 

photos copyright Hester Burch


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