Plant Finder

shrub

Don's Dwarf Southern Wax Myrtle

Myrica cerifera 'Don's Dwarf'

Add To My Wish List

print page
 
Don's Dwarf Southern Wax Myrtle (Myrica cerifera 'Don's Dwarf') at Garden Treasures

Don's Dwarf Southern Wax Myrtle

Don's Dwarf Southern Wax Myrtle

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  6

Other Names:  Southern Bayberry

Description:

Select a male and female plant to produce the ornamental waxy-blue berries; the berries are a high energy food source for birds; tolerant of infertile soil; aromatic foliage repels insects; a great choice for low hedging

Ornamental Features

Don's Dwarf Southern Wax Myrtle is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent blue berries from mid summer to mid fall. It features subtle chartreuse catkins along the branches from late winter to early spring. It has grayish green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The fragrant narrow leaves remain grayish green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Don's Dwarf Southern Wax Myrtle is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and may require the occasional pruning to look its best. It is a good choice for attracting birds, bees and butterflies to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Don's Dwarf Southern Wax Myrtle is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Topiary

Planting & Growing

Don's Dwarf Southern Wax Myrtle will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Topiary 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features