'Don's Dwarf' Wax Myrtle

sam_mdMarch 8, 2013

For me, buying plants is like "hauling coal to Newcastle" :)
However I am vulnerable to the same whims that everyone else is subject to.
Wax Myrtle is native to my state along the southern coastal plain. It can grow to be a smallish, evergreen tree.
I read about, and saw images of 'Don's Dwarf'. I received a dozen one quart liners yesterday. I must say, not what I was expecting. I was expecting something tight and compact, not loose and straggly.
Do you have any experience with 'Don's Dwarf' Do you think that's what I have?

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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Hi Sam,
No experience with Don's Dwarf. I grow the regular wax myrtle.

Many plants look gangly in their 'adolescence'. I think one reason why Koehne hollies, for example, are not more popular is because they just look gangly when small sitting in the nursery. But if you ever saw a large tree, you'd wonder why in the world more people don't grow them.

I'm sure with a good growing season or two, yours will put on lots of dense growth. I'm not sure where in Maryland you live, but you may need to protect them the first winter or two with something that will keep the snow loads from breaking them.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2013 at 10:00AM
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eahamel(9a)

I don't know anything about that cultivar, but those look find for rooted cuttings that size. I suspect they all look about the same until they get growing.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2013 at 7:25PM
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sam_md

...deep the snow loads from breaking them dave-in-nova may have a good point.
At one time the Nat'l Herb Garden had a gorgeous, informal wax myrtle hedge. I really don't know what happened, maybe snowmageddon. As you can see, they have really been hacked back, a shell of their former self.
I'm hoping that a denser form like 'Don's Dwarf' won't have that problem.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 10:21AM
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sam_md

Here we are six months later and my quart liners are now in 3 gallon containers. I'm happy with them, however still not as tight as the online pics. I think that the online images were sheared whereas this one is untouched.
Myrica cerifera puts on a continual flush of growth throughout the season, with a very strong orange peel smell. Now lets see how they make it through the winter.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2013 at 6:21PM
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butterfly4u

Sam,
Boy, it looks really good.
I like them. They grow pretty quick, or I have the regular wax myrtle, but if its anything like the species, it will look fabulous next year for you.
I love wax myrtles.
Good work.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2013 at 10:14PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Looks great Sam! If you're planning on this as a hedge, it should be easy to shear.

Where are you located?

    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 9:47AM
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