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Myrica heterophylla is often confused with:
Myrica cerifera Myrica cerifera
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Itea virginica Itea virginica
Betula alleghaniensis Betula alleghaniensis
Pinus taeda Pinus taeda

Myrica heterophylla

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Description

Evergreen shrub with larger leaves and denser plant than M. cerifera; native to portions of southeastern US.  Tolerates wet planting sites. Leaves are aromatic when crushed.

Compare this Plant to: M. cerifera M. pensylvanica

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#fragrant#butterflies#evergreen#deciduous#birds#wildlife plant#wet sites#screens
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
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#fragrant#butterflies#evergreen#deciduous#birds#wildlife plant#wet sites#screens
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Myrica
    Species:
    heterophylla
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    SE US
    Distribution:
    Primarily in coastal plains of SE US
    Wildlife Value:
    Highly resistant to damage from deer. It provides excellent winter and extreme weather coverage. It is a host plant for the Red-banded Hairstreak butterfly. Its fruits are eaten by birds, especially yellow-rumped warblers (which are very efficient at digesting the waxy fruits), in the fall and winter.
    Edibility:
    Leaves can be used like bay leaves to flavor soups, stews, etc.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Erect
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Gray/Silver
    White
    Fruit Description:
    Small white to grey globose fruit.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Description:
    Small male and female slim cylindrical flowers
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Obovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    glossy dark green leaves
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
    Bark Description:
    Thin, smooth and gray/brown.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Pond
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Water Garden
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Poor Soil
    Salt
    Wet Soil