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Wax Myrtle (Cerifera)

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The Wax Myrtle (Cerifera) is generally described as a perennial tree or subshrub or shrub. This is native to the U.S. (United States) has its most active growth period in the spring and summer . The greatest bloom is usually observed in the spring, with fruit and seed production starting in the summer and continuing until fall. Leaves are retained year to year. The Wax Myrtle (Cerifera) has a long life span relative to most other plant species and a moderate growth rate. At maturity, the typical Wax Myrtle (Cerifera) will reach up to 10 feet high, with a maximum height at 20 years of 10 feet.

The Wax Myrtle (Cerifera) is easily found in nurseries, garden stores and other plant dealers and distributors. It can be propagated by bare root, container, seed. It has a moderate ability to spread through seed production and the seedlings have medium vigor. Note that cold stratification is not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below -3°F. has medium tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.

Plant Basics
Category
Growth Rate Moderate
General Type Tree, Subshrub, Shrub
Growth Period Spring, Summer
Growth Duration Perennial
Lifespan Long
Plant Nativity Native to U.S.
Commercial Availability Routinely Available
Physical Characteristics
Bloom Period Spring
Displays Fall Colors No
Shape/Growth Form Rhizomatous
Drought Tolerance Medium
Shade Tolerance Intolerant
Height When Mature 10
Vegetative Spread Slow
Flower Color White
Flower Conspicuousness No
Fruit/Seed Abundance High
Fruit/Seed Seasonality Summer Fall
Seed Spread Rate Moderate
Gardening Characteristics
Propagations (Ways to Grow) Bare Root, Container, Seed
Moisture Requirements High
Cold Stratification Required Yes
Minimum Temperature -3
Soil Depth for Roots 20
Toxic to Nearby Plants No
Toxic to Livestock No
After-Harvest Resprout Ability No
Responds to Coppicing No
Growth Requirements
pH Range 5.5–7 pH
Precipitation Range 34–34 inches/yr
Planting Density 700–1700 indiv./acre
Soil Textures Coarse, Fine, Medium
Soil Depth for Roots 20
Minimum Frost-Free Days 155 day(s)
Salinity Tolerance Medium
CaCO3 Tolerance Medium
Sustainability & Use
Leaf Retention Yes
Palatability Low
Fire Resistant No

Source: USDA, NRCS, PLANTS Database, plants.usda.gov.
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA

Plant Name Synonyms
  • Cerothamnus ceriferus
  • Cerothamnus pumilus
  • Morella cerifera var. pumila
  • Myrica cerifera
  • Myrica cerifera var. pumila
  • Myrica pusilla
Plant Distribution
can be found in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, Oklahoma, PR, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia