A small ornamental tree or large shrub native to North America.
Noted for its production of wax-one plant can produce 7 pounds of wax.The root bark is used for fever, diarrhea, and other aliments. Bee plant. Uses leaves like bay leaves.
BOTANICAL NAME Myrica cerifera
Start in pots for first year, then transplant. Seeds are covered with their own natural wax, and will sprout better if you scratch the surface lightly so that they can absorb water. Then stratify for three weeks, which you can do by putting them in moist soil in the refrigerator, or by planting outdoors early enough that they will have three weeks of temperatures 30-40 degrees before warm weather allows them to sprout naturally.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: Zones 5-9 /Height 4+'/Matures 3 yrs