Morella californica (Tree Form)

Pacific Wax Myrtle

Plant Type: Shrub, Tree
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Medium
Water: Occasional, Regular
Height X Width: 25' X 15'
Santa Clara County Local: No
What do these mean?



The California wax myrtle is a large shrub/small tree native to the central and northern coasts of the state. It grows in a vase form, densely covered with bright green lance-shaped leaves. The flowers are an inconspicuous yellow and are attractive to various pollinators. The wax myrtle is tolerant of - even prefers - regular water and partial shade. It also tolerates pruning and can be shaped into a small tree. Its dense, lush green growth makes the wax myrtle a great choice for a hedge or a fast visual barrier. It is also one of the few plants that may be successfully planted under a redwood tree. These are pruned to encourage a central leader with branching at about four feet.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen