Plant Details: Southern Bayberry
5 - 10
Myrica heterophylla is not as well known as species cerifera (commom Waxy Myrtle). This Wax Myrtle has waxy fruits that are used to make scented candles and soap. The small wax gray berries are a favorite food for songbirds and it is host plant of a small butterfly, the Red-banded Hairstreak. Heterophylla is an evergreen of smaller stature with larger leaves than its more common cousin. Reaching a height at maturity of 5-7'High x 10'Wide. Southern Bayberry prefers moist sites with rich soils. It primarily grows in the coastal plain but is often found around spring heads in the Piedmont.
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