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Other Names

Southern Wax Myrtle

Candleberry Facts

Candleberry is another name for Southern Wax Myrtle. The binomial name for Southern Wax Myrtle is Myrica cerifera, and is one of about 35 species from the genus Myrica, generally known as Bayberry. Other Bayberry species also have familiar common names such as Sweetgale, Wax Myrtle, and Yumberry.

Candleberry Farms

It may be possible to find any candleberry farms near your location. We have built a map that will show all of the berry farms in our directory!

Candleberry Stories

Plant these for the birds
Avoid the popular invasive, burning bush (Euonymous alatus). • Bayberry (Morella pensylvanica,) is semi-evergreen. You need one male to ensure berry production, so plant at least three or four shrubs to increase your chances for fruit development ... The Journal News / [ story ]

The Outside Story: Feathered Whirlwinds head south
A second defining characteristic: unlike all other swallows, which dine exclusively on insects, tree swallows are able to digest fruit and seeds, including the fruits of bayberry and viburnum. Tree swallows that find themselves in a cold snap with ... Mountaintimes [ story ]

Clouds of Tree Swallows Descend on the Cape and Islands
... to get sustenance for energy but not carry the added weight. They eat the berries and shortly after excrete the seed. Swallow flocks leave a virtual blanket of bayberry seeds upon large parts of dune areas thereby assuring a new crop of plants into ... WCAI [ story ]

Photo - Chris Evans - River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area - Marion, Illinois

Other Species

Bog Myrtle
California Bayberry
Chinese Bayberry
Faya Bayberry
Northern Bayberry
Red Bayberry
Wax Myrtle

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