Pacific Wax Myrtle

Myrica californica

Item 062135


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Key feature:
  • Light Needs
    Full sun
  • Watering Needs
    Once established, needs only occasional watering. Best with moderate watering in hot inland areas.

This fast growing, versatile native shrub adds vertical interest and shade to the landscape with little care. Ideal natural windbreak, screen or clipped hedge. Clean, glossy foliage is accented by purple fruit, a valued food source for birds. Evergreen.

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Average Landscape Size
Fast growth to 20-30 ft. tall, 10-20 ft. wide.
Flowering Season
Botanical Name: Myrica californica
Deciduous/ Evergreen: No
Growth Habit: Pyramidal
Growth Rate: No
Special Feature: Easy Care, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Foliage Color: Green
Bloom Time: Spring to summer, followed by small purple-black fruit clusters.
Flower Color: Yellow
Garden Style: Rustic ,   Contemporary
Design Ideas: A top choice for windswept coastal gardens, use this elegant shrub to block harsh winds or an unsightly view. Plant in large groupings to create a tall screen or a formal, manicured hedge. Plant as a foundation shrub to create a formal backdrop in shrub borders or feature as an accent in a perennial bed. This evergreen shrub is highly drought tolerant in coastal gardens when established, making it perfect for hillsides and minimal care gardens.

Provide full sun in coastal areas, afternoon shade inland. Highly adaptable. Tolerates wet soils if well-drained, and drought conditions when established. Best appearance with regular watering or deep soakings during extended hot spells.


The leaves of Myrica californica have a spicy aroma that can be used like bay leaves to season food, hence the plant is often referred to as California Bayberry.

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