University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Ornamentals

Wax Myrtle (Myrica cerifera)

A large, rounded evergreen shrub, with dense foliage that forms clumps. Leaves are lanceolate, arranged alternately on the stem and aromatic. They are thin, often coarsely serrated along the apical margins and have tiny glands (dots) on both sides. The trunk is crooked and covered with grayish-white bark. Flowers are inconspicuous. Fruits are grayish blue, borne in dense clusters. They are coated with wax which can be used to make candles.