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Plant Varieties

Learn about 11 plant varieties and the planting information for each.

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southern waxmyrtle has gray waxy berries
Photo 10 of 11This large evergreen shrub has small green leaves and gray waxy berries on female plants.

Southern Waxmyrtle (10 of 11)

Myrica cerifera – Southern Waxmyrtle
Large evergreen shrub with small green leaves and gray waxy berries on female plants
Plant in full sun to light shade
Tolerant of wet to dry soils
Fertilize in spring as new foliage appears; prune before new growth in spring; fast growing
Height: 10-25 feet; Width; 10-15 feet, suckering
Hardy in USDA zones 7-10:
Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in spring to conserve moisture and again in fall; may break under heavy ice or snow; plant may be semi-evergreen in a harsh winter.
Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in spring to conserve moisture and again in fall; may break under heavy ice or snow.
Zone 9: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch in spring to conserve moisture and again in fall.
Zone 10: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch in spring to conserve moisture and again in fall.

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