Also known as Bayberry, Wild Cinnamon, Southern Bayberry, Wax Myrtle, and Southern Wax Myrtle.
|Habit/Size||up to 30 feet tall, 10 feet wide|
|Germination||Scarify seed coat then stratify (cold/moist) for 21-28 days.|
|Requirements||Tolerates most soil types and pH levels. Prefers moist soil and full sun, but can grow in partial shade. Medium water needs. Fixes Nitrogen.|
|Zones||USDA zones 7-11|
|Life Cycle||evergreen shrub|
|Harvest||Fruit has little flesh. Berries and leaves can be used as a spice/flavoring. Tea is made from dried leaves.|
|Uses||edible (fruit, leaves)*, herb/spice, medicinal (antibacterial, astringent, emetic, narcotic, stimulant)*, utility (antibacterial, dye, wax, wood)|
|Notes||Some reports indicate the wax may be carcenogenic. Avoid while pregnant.|
|Breed Status||Open Pollinated|
|Saving Seeds/Propagation||Myrica cerifera is pollinated by wind. It is monoecious (individual flowers can be either male of female, both sexes can be found one one plant.|
|Seed Storage||Store seeds cold and dry (34-41 degrees F)|
|Synonyms||Cerothamnus arborescens, Cerothamnus cerifer, Morella cerifera, Myrica mexicana, Myrica pumila|
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