Myrica californica

Also known as:

  • Morella californica
  • California Wax Myrtle
  • California Bayberry
  • Pacific Wax Myrtle

Plant Type

tree, shrub

Zones

7a-10b

Size

H:15'-25'
W:7'-8'

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

adaptable, well-drained, sandy/gritty

Water Needs:

even moisture, drought tolerant

Sun Exposure:

sun, part sun, part shade

Features

Flowers:

yellow, green

Foliage:

evergreen

Fruit:

black

Wildlife:

birds, butterflies, deer resistant

Flowering Time:

spring

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Portland, Oregon

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Cistus Nursery

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Portland, Oregon

503-621-2233

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Portland, Oregon

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Aurora, Oregon

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Little Prince of Oregon

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Aurora, Oregon

503-678-5687

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Rochester, Washington

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Lael's Moon Garden

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Rochester, Washington

360-273-9567

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Sequim, Washington

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The Desert Northwest

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Sequim, Washington

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Richmond, California

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Berkeley, California

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Cactus Jungle

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Berkeley, California

510-558-8650

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Arroyo Grande, California

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Description by: The Desert Northwest

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Sequim, Washington

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This broadleaf evergreen is one of the Northwest's most valuable garden plants. It is native along the immediate Pacific Coast from California up to Vancouver Island, where it grows as a low shrub in exposed areas right at the beach, to a small tree to 25' in coastal forests. In gardens it makes an excellent screen for shelter or specimen tree for a native planting, and it is always in high demand in Northwest nurseries. It also has value as wildlife habitat, since it produces little black berries that the birds like. Although it will tolerate both drought and poor drainage, it looks a lot better on decent soil with at least a little irrigation. Hardy to about 0 °F.

Description by: The Watershed Nursery

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Richmond, California

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This evergreen shrub or small tree grows to 10'-30' tall, and can be used in the landscape as a hedge or to soften an unattractive feature or wall. California wax myrtle is one of the best looking native plants for gardens according to Sunset Garden Books. The attractive foliage attracts birds and the plant tolerates pruning well. Native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. Good nesting site for small birds and the chemicals produced in the leaves make this plant deer resistant. Good nitrogen fixer in a moist location and makes a strong windbreak. The bark and leaves have historically been used for stomach ailments. The wax may be extracted from the fruit and made into candles and soap; however, this species produces much less wax than other bayberries, and so is rarely used for this purpose. Found in coastal, riparian, seep and springs. Communitites located in Redwood/Closed-cone Pine Forest, Coastal Strand, Northern Coastal Scrub, Wetland-riparian Between 0 and 492 feet.

Description by: Garden World

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Evergreen, dense, bushy shrub with clean, glossy green leaves throughout the year held on mostly upright stems. Small flowers form before new leaves appear and are followed by purple nutlet fruits. Fruits are attractive to birds and wax can be rendered from them. Tolerates poor soil, damp soil, summer drought and survives high winds. This is native to the Pacific Coast and coastal valleys from Washington state to southern California, and is considered one of the most attractive natives in the landscape setting. Use as a specimen or hedging plant.

Description by: Native Sons

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Arroyo Grande, California

805-481-5996

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The name is derived from the Greek myrike, the Homeric name for tamarisk. An erect, densely branched evergreen shrub up to 30' tall, the Pacific wax myrtle is usually smaller especially in garden situations. On coastal bluffs where it is subjected to heavy winds, it assumes a low, dwarfed form. Usually multi-trunked with smooth gray bark and a columnar habit, its main appeal is its clean, handsome foliage that provides a rich green element to the landscape throughout the year. The new leaves unfold bright apple-green and sparkle in the afternoon light against the mature dark green, glossy foliage. Useful as a screen, an informal hedge, or trained into a small formal tree. Mature plants are drought tolerant, but much more effective with regular garden water in coastal sites. Hardy to 0F. Coastal areas from California to Washington.

Description by: Little Prince of Oregon

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Aurora, Oregon

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Small yellow flowers. Evergreen shrub.

Description by: Xera Plants

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Portland, Oregon

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One of the most handsome and utilitarian of native evergreen shrubs Pacific Wax Myrtle is often used as a screen but it can make a handsome small specimen tree as well. To 12' tall in 10 years and as wide unless pruned. Glossy green leaves are handsome year round, especially in winter when they are most welcome. Inconspicuous flowers.Well drained soil with regular water for good growth it will also accept completely dry conditions when established and retain its good looks.

Description by: Lael's Moon Garden

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Rochester, Washington

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Good screen or hedge, prune to make dense. Tolerates dry, sandy and/or moist soils. Deer resistant. Zones 7-9.

Description by: Cistus Nursery

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Portland, Oregon

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Large shrub that can be easily trained to a small tree to 15 ft or so, but easily kept smaller or shorn into a hedge. Evergreen leaves are fine textured and very fragrant. Can be found growing along the immediate West Coast -- one of our best natives. Full sun to half shade. Drought tolerant once established. Perfers at least decent drainage. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.

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