Wax Myrtle

            Wax Myrtle (Myrica cerifera), also called Bayberry, is a shrub that grows about 12 to 18 feet tall. The wax myrtle is a hardy plant that can tolerate many different habitats, but it grows best in sandy and wet soils near fresh or brackish water. Its habitat ranges from New Jersey, throughout the South and as far West as Texas.

            The berries of the Wax Myrtle are plentiful in winter and they are an important source of energy for birds. Wax Myrtle is sometimes prepared as an herbal medicine, and it is also used as a spice in cooking.