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| Southern Wax Myrtle, Bayberry, Southern Bayberry, Candleberry, Wax Myrtle, Tallow Shrub |
Southern wax myrtle inhabits sandy swamps and moist woodlands in east and east-central Texas. It is a large shrub or small tree, often multi-trunked, with gray-green aromatic foliage and clusters of blue-gray fruits on female plants. Wax myrtle makes an effective and attractive tall screen or specimen tree. It prefers moist, acid soils but is adaptable to other conditions, including wet sites with poor drainage. It is evergreen in USDA Zone 8, semi-evergreen in Zone 7.
Plant Habit or Use: shrub small tree
Exposure: sun partial sun
Flower Color: Yellowish-green, not ornamental
Blooming Period: spring
Fruit Characteristics: waxy, gray-blue globose fruit massed in clusters
Height: to 20 ft
Width: 10 to 15 ft.
Plant Character: evergreen semievergreen
Heat Tolerance: medium
Water Requirements: medium low
Soil Requirements: acid adaptable