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Morella ceriferaMorella ceriferaMorella cerifera
(Myrica cerifera)

wax myrtle, southern bayberry

Photograph(s) by*: USFWS BES, PLANTS


Height: 6-15'
Spread: 6-15'
Flowers: Mar.-Jun.; yellowish-green
Fruit: Sept.-Apr.; bluish white; berry
Fall color: evergreen in southern areas

Conditions *

Light: Full sun Partial shade
Moisture: Dry Moist Wet
Soil pH: 5.5-7
Soil type: Clay Loamy Sandy
Salinity: 0-10 ppt


tidal and nontidal fresh and brackish marshes, swamps, sandy dune swales, upland hardwood forests

Native to

Region: Coastal *
States: MD


Songbird *


fragrant; loses leaves north and west of Ches. Bay, MD north; may reach 30 feet; can be pruned as hedge; nitrogen fixer; tolerates salinity to 10 ppt


 Publication by USFWS BayScapes Conservation Landscaping Program
Last updated: 1 October 2004