Scientific Name: Morella cerifera
Other Names: Southern bayberry, Southern wax myrtle, Candleberry
Description: Wax myrtle is a common plant that can be found growing wild in the south and thrives in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 7 through 9. While some view this plant as a weed, others value it not only for its landscape value but also its history. In a nutshell, the wax myrtle got its name from the fact that the berries are covered in a waxy coating.
Fun Fact: The berries can be boiled to extract the wax coating for candle making.
Permaculture Uses: Nitrogen fixer, candle makking, beneficial to wildlife, possible medicinal uses, spice and flavoring, tea, mosquito repellent
Propagation: Seeds , semi-hardwood cuttings , softwood cuttings
Pollination: wind pollinated, male and female plants required.
Local Challenges: None noted.