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Morella pumila [= Myrica cerifera var. pumila]

Dwarf Wax-myrtle, Dwarf Bayberry

Scientific Name:

Morella pumila [= Myrica cerifera var. pumila]

Genus:

Morella

Species Epithet:

pumila

Common Name:

Dwarf Wax-myrtle, Dwarf Bayberry

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Myricaceae (Bayberry Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Green

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

April

Growing Area:

Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Savannas, pine flatwoods, relatively moist to extremely dry sites in sandhills (under Quercus laevis and Q. geminata). A Southeastern Coastal Plain endemic (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Coastal Plain. Uncommon in Sandhills and sometimes an escape from cultivation there (Sorrie 2011).

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

There is some disagreement that M. pumila is a separate species from M. cerifera but Weakley's Flora (2011 draft) gives M. pumila species status.

Dwarf Wax-myrtle patch

Here it grows as a low, stoloniferous shrub at Carolina Beach State Park.

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Paynter, 2011

Leaves

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Buds

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