List of Trees 61-90 Wax Myrtle

Myrica cerifera L.

Family: Myricaceae

The native evergreen southern Bayberry or Wax Myrtle has light olive-green foliage and a spicy fragrance. Pale blue berries occur on female plants in the winter. Male and female plants need to be planted together as pollination needs to occur to produce berries. Handsome gray bark is almost white on some plants. It is used as a habitat restoration, and as a source of honey. The leaves are aromatic, with an appealing, piquant fragrance when crushed. Colonists separated the fruitís waxy covering in boiling water to make fragrant-burning candles, a custom still followed in some countries.

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