Dwarf Wax Myrtle




I. General Information

  • Common name: Dwarf Wax Myrtle, ‘Dwarf Wax’ Myrtle Myrica pusilla
  • Scientific name/Botanical name: Myrica cerifera
  • Family name: Myricaceae
  • Type: Shrub
  • Species: M. cerifera
  • Growing Zones: 7 – 9  
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
  • Mature Height: 3 – 6 feet
  • Mature Width: 3 – 6 feet
  • Sunlight: Partial to full sun
  • Uses: The fruits of the wax myrtles (Myrica pusilla) provide a good source of food for wild birds. Dwarf wax myrtle is a good plant to use for native area restoration on sandy coastal and woodland sites. 

II. Identification

  • Bloom period: March to June
  • Color: Green
  • Flower color: Yellow, tan

III. Description

Dwarf wax myrtle is a small, evergreen, shrub that grows in colonies. A member of the wax myrtle or bayberry (Myricaceae) family, it can grow to 6 feet in height, and is stoloniferous. Dwarf wax myrtle is dioecious, having male and female flowers on separate plants. They bloom in March and April in Texas, but April to June in cooler climates.

Members of the wax myrtle family have resinous dots on their leaves and the leaves are aromatic. In addition, they have nodules on their roots that help fix nitrogen in the soil. Plants in this family produce fruits with a waxy coating.

IV. Planting & Care

1. Planting: Crafted and chosen by experts for adaptability, your Don’s Dwarf Wax Myrtle is easy to maintain but needs an area with well-drained soil and 4 to 8 hours of sunlight per day. After you’ve selected a suitable location for your Don’s, dig a hole that’s two or three times the width of your shrub’s root ball. Then, place your plant before back filling the soil and watering to settle its roots.


2. Watering: Water regularly during the first growing season, about once per week or when the surrounding soil is dry. Check for soil dryness about 2 to 3 inches down in the surrounding soil – if the soil is dry, it’s time to water your Wax Myrtle.

3. Fertilizing: Feed your Wax Myrtle with a general-purpose fertilizer in early spring, before new growth begins.

4. Pruning: You can prune or shear your Don’s Dwarf Wax Myrtle for a neater, tidier appearance, or for your desired shape



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