waxmyrtle Myricaceae Morella cerifera (L.) Small Listen to the Latin symbol: MOCE2 Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, evergreen, simple, fragrant, spatulate in shape with a tapered base, 3 inches long, 5/8 inch wide, toothed, dark green and waxy-shiny above, pale green below, yellow resin dots on both surfaces.
Flower: Species is dioecious; both male and female flowers are small (1/2 inch), appearing as catkins in the leaf axils in spring.
Fruit: Round, waxy bluish-white drupes (1/8 inch in diameter), appearing in clusters on short stalks.
Twig: Slender and brittle, covered with brown pubescence, becoming smooth and gray-brown with age.
Bark: Thin and smooth, gray-brown.
Form: Small tree or large shrub, often multi-stemmed and growing in clusters, generally rounded or irregular in shape, with a crooked or twisting bole.

Looks like: northern bayberry - odorless bayberry - sweetgale
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Additional Range Information:
Morella cerifera is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting waxmyrtle.
External Links:
USDAFS Additional Silvics
USDA Plants Database
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