Scientific Name: Myrica californica
Common Name: California wax myrtle, Pacific wax myrtle
Family Name: Myricaceae
Origin: U.S. - northwest, U.S. - southwest
Hardiness Zone: Zone 7: (-18 to -12 °C)
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Mature Size: 10 - 15m x 7 - 10m (height x width)
Habit: Dense, Twiggy, Upright
Form: Oval - vertical, Round
Texture: Medium - fine
Landscape Uses: Screening, Tall background, Wildlife food
Exposure: Full sun
Soil or Media:
Leaves: Simple, Alternate, Leathery, Distinctive smell, Lanceolate, Serrulate
Flowers: White, Green-yellow, Purple, Red, May-Jun
Fruit: Drupe, Purple, Black, Nov
Key ID Features:
Shrub multi-stemmed, about 4m tall; leaves dark green, aromatic, oblanceolate, alternate up the stem to terminal clusters, about 6cm long; flowers in short spikes or catkins, Apr-Jul; fruit 1cm wide, slightly waxy purple berry clusters, at nodes, Sep-Oct.