Wax Myrtle

You've heard of Myrtle Beach, SC, but have you heard of a Wax Myrtle (Myrica Cerifera)?

My research shows it's either a small tree or a large shrub.

It's related to the Crepe Myrtle which is one of my favorite trees since the day I moved to Athens, Georgia.

The Wax Myrtle attracts birds like the yellow-rumped warbler. The root bark is astringent and can be used as an herbal remedy. (No, I"m not recommending this to treat itchy skin.) But the fruit of this tree can be used to make candles or soaps.

Wax Myrtles can be found many places including Bald Head Island. Maybe you can spot one from our view at the top of Old Baldy.

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!