Myrica cerifera (MY-ruh-kuh sir-RIFF-eh-ruh)
Evergreen Sun to part shade Height 15 feet Spread 10 feet Spacing 8 - 12 feet
HABIT: Moderately fast-growing, spreading, medium green, many small leaves, blue-gray berries in fall. Aromatic foliage dotted above and below.
CULTURE: Easy, any soil, drought tolerant.
USES: Specimen garden tree. Evergreen background. Good alternative to tree yaupon.
PROBLEMS: Brittle wood, suckers.
NOTES: Birds like the berries. Dwarf wax myrtle (M. pusilla) also is available. Native to the southern states and the eastern half of USA.