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Wax Myrtle

Wax myrtles are an excellent choice for the Florida yard, especially coastal areas. Its name derives from the waxy berries, which were once harvested for candle-making. Today, the wax myrtle is better appreciated for its easy care and salt tolerance. This native shrub thrives in full sun and sandy, well-drained soil; it's also a host for butterflies and provides food and shelter for birds.


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