waxmyrtle Myricaceae Morella cerifera
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.