Ecological Restoration Specialists

Evergreen hedges

For an evergreen hedge:

Instead of English laureltry Pacific wax myrtle
English laurelCalifornia wax myrtle

Pacific wax myrtle (Myrica californica) grows in great profusion on Washington’s coastline. A hearty evergreen shrub, wax myrtle grows quickly, tolerates full sun, requires little water and thrives in poor soil. The branches bear clusters of small creamy flowers in the spring that develop into wrinkly purple berries. In the warm sun, Pacific wax myrtle produces a mild, spicy fragrance. This shrub typically grows to a mature height of about 15 feet, though it may attain greater height in ideal conditions. Pacific wax myrtle takes well to pruning, making it ideal for evergreen hedges and screening applications.

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