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Photo 8 of 12Wax myrtle is a native that is typically used in the landscape as a screening or border plant.

Wax myrtle (8 of 12)

Wax myrtle is a native that's typically used in the landscape as a screening or border plant. It can be pruned to encourage dense foliage; when left untrimmed, it has an irregular shape with multiple trunks that can form a thicket.

  • Tolerant of salt spray, drought, heat and sand
  • Leaves are yellowish green and fragrant when crushed
  • Females have waxy blue berries.
  • Can grow as much as 5 feet in a year
  • Can be pruned to encourage dense foliage, but untrimmed it has an irregular shape with multiple trunks which form a kind of thicket.
  • Aromatic foliage is said to repel insects in a yard
  • USDA Zones 7-10

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