University of Florida

Myrica cerifera

Common name(s): Wax Myrtle, Southern Bayberry, Waxberry, Candleberry

Plant type: evergreen small tree
Primary method of propagation: seed
Alternate propagation method(s): cutting

Propagation by Cuttings

Cutting type: stem tip
Time of year to take cuttings: early Summer
Cutting maturity: semi-hardwood
Rooting hormone: IBA Quick Dip 5000 PPM
Rooting environment: intermittent mist

Propagation by Seed

Time of year to collect seed: Autumn
Time of year to sow seed: Summer
Seed treatment: stratify 40 degrees F 2-3 months.
Preferred seed moisture: essential
Time required for germination: 3-6 weeks
Comment: If sown in the Fall, cover with one-fourth inch mulch. Summer-sown need stratification.