Wax Myrtle

Morella cerifera



General Information:

This evergreen tree can grow up to 25 feet tall with light olive-colored leaves and thin, smooth, grey-brown bark. It can withstand cold winters and is found in full sun to shaded areas with medium to wet soils. It is commonly found in marshes, swamps, forests, and around fresh to brackish streams. 

Medicinal Uses:

Internally, the wax myrtle is used in the treatment of diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, jaundice, fevers, colds, influenza, catarrh, excessive menstruation, discharge, etc. Externally, it can be used to treat ulcers, sore throats, spongy gums, sores, itching skin conditions, and dandruff.

Did You Know:

When the leaves are crushed, the wax myrtle releases a spicy, aromatic odor. It is also used in wetlands and restoration efforts for erosion control. They are also labelled as a fire hazard because of the flammable aromatic compounds.