Common: Bayberry/Wax Myrtle
Botanical: Myrica cerifera
- Gulf and Atlantic Coastal Plains
- New Jersey southward to S Florida
- S Florida westward to E Texas and SE Oklahoma
This small tree or large shrub has yellow-green, evergreen leaves, and it usually grows in wet areas, such as swamps or pond margins. The flowers are small and inconspicuous, blooming in early spring, and male and female flowers are on separate plants. The fruits are tiny balls having a light-blue waxy coating.