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An Elegant Native Shrub!

Pacific Wax Myrtle’s scientific name is a dead giveaway to where this hardy shrub does best -  Myrica californica. So, if you are a resident of the Golden State then you are probably already very familiar with this elegant native. This beauty is a versatile shrub that is fast growing and adds a certain ‘wild structure’ to your xeric or native garden.

Growing very quickly to 30 feet tall and 120 feet wide, this hardy evergreen is thickly covered in clean, glossy foliage and frosted with small purple berries that the birds adore.

Pacific Wax Myrtle can be clipped as a tight hedge or allowed to grow to its full height as a natural windbreak or screen. This is a formidable ally in windswept coastal gardens to block both steady winds and unsightly views. Plant several in a row to create a formal hedge or nice foundation planting. It makes a great background in native shrub borders or perennial beds.

Considering how lush Pacific Wax Myrtle is, it comes as a great surprise how drought tolerant it is, too. It survives on rain water most of the year but enjoys a good deep watering during very extended heat to stay looking it absolute best.

As an added bonus, Pacific Wax Myrtle is sometimes called the California Bayberry and the highly aromatic leaves can be used like bay leaves in cooking.

So, congrats to you West Coasters – Pacific Wax Myrtle is a great native plant for your garden! Order yours from us today.

* Native west-coast evergreen
* Glossy green foliage
* Purple berries that birds love
* Aromatic leaves can be used in cooking
* Full sun to part shade
* Very drought tolerant
* Great in coastal gardens

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Pacific Wax Myrtle Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-9
Growing Zones 7-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Myrica californica
Foliage Broadleaved Evergreen
Mature Height 20 - 30 feet
Mature Spread 10 - 20 feet
Soil Type Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium to Low Mositure
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Color Green
Fruiting Time Fall