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Myrica californica

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Pacific Wax Myrtle (Myrica californica) at Roger's Gardens

Pacific Wax Myrtle

Pacific Wax Myrtle

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Pacific Wax Myrtle (Myrica californica) at Roger's Gardens

Pacific Wax Myrtle foliage

Pacific Wax Myrtle foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  7a

Other Names:  California Bayberry, California Wax Myrtle

Brand:  Monrovia


A fast growing, evergreen native shrub that is ideal as a windbreak, screen or hedge; dense, glossy green foliage is accented with purple fruit in summer, a source of food for birds ; tolerant of salt spray and infertile soil;

Ornamental Features

Pacific Wax Myrtle is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent deep purple berries from mid summer to mid fall. It has attractive forest green evergreen foliage which emerges light green in spring. The glossy narrow leaves are highly ornamental and remain forest green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Pacific Wax Myrtle is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and may require the occasional pruning to look its best. It is a good choice for attracting birds, bees and butterflies to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Pacific Wax Myrtle is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Windbreaks and Shelterbelts
  • Topiary

Planting & Growing

Pacific Wax Myrtle will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by cuttings.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Windbreak  Topiary 
Fruit  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features