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Plant Details

Morella cerifera

wax myrtle, southern bayberry

Scientific Name:

Morella cerifera

Common Name:

wax myrtle, southern bayberry

Plant Family

Myricaceae (Bayberry Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Shrub / Tree

Size in Feet:

6 - 30

Light:

full sun to light shade

Soil Moisture:

hygric to mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

April

Bloom Area:

Coast

Notes:

Introduced in Piedmont and Mountains.

Wax myrtle is commonly a large shrub to small tree. Very attractive to birds in winter.

Common on the coast in wet to moist interdune swales, pocosins, and brackish marshes. It persists or naturalizes in suburban woods (Weakley) and is widely used for landscaping.

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Paynter, 2011

Leaves and buds

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Bark with sapsucker holes

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers drill holes in the bark in winter and feed off the sap.

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Male (R) and female (L) twigs, showing fruits and staminate catkins still present in winter.

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Wilmington, January 2012

Fruit

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants

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