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Myrica californica - Pacific Wax Myrtle

Myrica californica, the Pacific Wax Myrtle is a great background plant. These shrubs or small trees are widely tolerant of soil and moisture conditions, though they will live longer if kept a bit on the dry side. These shrubs will grow to around 15 feet tall if left untrimmed but can be kept smaller. The leaves last a full season so trimming with a hedge trimmer leaves scars on the cut leaves. Pacific Wax Myrtle plants will tolerate full sun to partial shade. Myrica californica will be damaged by temperatures that dip into the mid to low 20°s F

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Myrica californica, Pacific Wax Myrtle