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Myrica californica
Myrica californica

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Zones 4-9, 14-24
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Myrica californica

Pacific Wax Myrtle
Myricaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs

MYRICA

The two species described here are coastal natives: one comes from the Pacific coast; the other comes from the Atlantic. Both are cultivated for their attractive, pleasantly aromatic foliage. Flowers are inconspicuous, but the fruits that follow are effective in autumn and winter. Plants are useful as screens and as informal or clipped hedges.

Myrica californica

Native to coast and coastal valleys from Southern California to Washington. In windy oceanfront conditions, it can be a low, flattened mass. Grown out of the wind, it’s a big shrub or tree to 10–30 ft. tall and wide, usually with many upright trunks. One of the best-looking native plants for gardens. Branches are densely clad with tooth-edged, narrow, 2–4 1/2-in.-long leaves that are glossy dark green above, paler beneath, and clean looking throughout the year. Purplish, wax-coated nutlets are attractive to birds.

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