Bayberry Southern Wax Myrtle
Bayberry Southern Wax Myrtle
Bayberry Southern Wax Myrtle

Bayberry Southern Wax Myrtle

Morella cerifera, commonly known as southern wax myrtle or southern bayberry, is a large, irregularly-shaped, dense-branching, nitrogen-fixing, suckering, fast-growing, evergreen shrub (semi-evergreen in colder northern parts of the growing area) that typically grows to 10-15’ tall and 8-10’ wide, but occasionally reaches a tree-like height of 20’ tall or more. It can be found in wetlands, river margins, sand dunes, and pine barrens.

  • Fragrant waxy leaves yielding gray/white fruit
  • Naturally grows near rivers and streams and other wet areas. Can be used for erosion control.
  • It is a host plant for the Red-Banded Hairstreak butterfly.
  • Flowers provide an excellent source of nectar for honeybees and butterflies.
  • The fruits are eaten by birds, especially yellow-rumped warbler.
  • Highly salt and wind tolerant
  • Highly resistant to deer damage
  • Tolerant of rabbit, drought, shade, poor soil and wet soil
  • Native, coastal


  • Botanical Name: Myrica cerifera
  • Common Name: Waxmyrtle Southern Bayberry
  • Flower Color: Insignificant -- Yellowish green (male)
  • Height: 10 - 15 feet
  • Width: 8 - 10 feet
  • Season of Bloom: Early spring
  • Light Preference: Full sun to part shade
  • Hardiness Zone: 7 - 10

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