Native Plant Society of Texas, Collin County Chapter

Plant of the Month, Red Yucca, Red Hesperaloe Plant Description Upcoming Events

Morella cerifera

Morella cerifera (L.) Small

Wax myrtle , Southern wax myrtle, Southern bayberry, Eastern bayberry, Bayberry, Candleberry, Tallow shrub

Myricaceae (Bayberry Family)


Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Oblanceolate
Leaf Venation: Pinnate
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Leaf Margin: Entire
Leaf Apex: Acute
Leaf Texture: Waxy
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Dioecious
Inflorescence: Spike
Size Notes: 6-40 feet tall, but normally no higher than 12 feet.
Leaf: Green
Fruit: Bluish white 2-3 mm
Size Class: 6-12 ft. , 12-36 ft.

Next Meeting: No Meeting in July.

Enjoy the 4th.


August 1 Meeting will have two presentations:

  1.  Gardening for Butterflies and Other Beneficial Insects
  2. INaturalist Website




Chapter Info Useful Sites to Visit Upcoming Events
The purpose of the Native Plant Society of Texas is to promote the conservation, research and utilization of the native plants and plant habitats of Texas, through education, outreach, and example. To this end, the Collin County Chapter holds monthly meetings January through October featuring speakers on topics related to native plants and habitats, sponsors donations for native plant demonstration gardens, plans field trips, and hosts native plant information tables at local outdoor events. –Texas Aggi Horticulture Website
Learn everything about Texas Horticulture

Click to visit the Texas Aggi Horticulture Website

–Native Plant Society of Texas
Click to visit the Native Plant Society of Texas Web Site

–Connemara Conservancy
Click to visit the Connemara Conservancy Web Site

–BRIT (Botanical Research Institute of Texas)
Click to visit the BRIT Web Site


–Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve in Plano
Plano Prairie Remnant in Danger
Click to Read Article

–Native Prairies Association of Texas
Click to view the Prairies Association of Texas’ Facebook page to learn how you can help save Deer Park!