How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Wax myrtle, bayberry, California wax myrtle—Myrica spp.
Family Myricaceae (Sweetgale family)

Plant Identification

Myrica spp. are evergreen, semievergreen, or deciduous shrubs or trees.  Leaves are narrow and glossy.  Flowers are inconspicuous.  Fruit is coated with wax.  

Optimum conditions for growth

Myrica spp. are grown as screens or hedges.  They prefer areas with full sun and require moderate to regular water.  Bayberry is tolerant of poor, sandy soil. 

Leaves of wax myrtle
Leaves of wax myrtle

Pests and disorders of Myrica spp.




Environmental disorders



Wax myrtle
California wax myrtle, Myrica californica

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