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Nov 20, Selective Pruning of Wax Myrtle Use a sharp pair of bypass hand pruners to selectively remove stray or damaged branches. When removing a stray branch, make your cut at a point along the branch even with main form of the plant. It is possible to prune wax myrtles into small single- or multi-stemmed tree forms. Perform the majority of wax myrtle pruning in late winter before new growth emerges to encourage rapid recovery. Remove sprouts growing along the base of the wax myrtle in the summer.

The tree tends to grow sprouts from the roots. These"suckers" are stealing nutrients and water from the tree and make the planting look messy. Prune the sprouts by cutting them where they meet the tree trunk or ground. This will prevent regrowth.

Jan 17, Today, the wax myrtle is better appreciated for its easy care and salt tolerance. This native shrub thrives in full sun and sandy, well-drained soil. Wax myrtle is a host for butterflies and provides food and shelter for birds. It can also be pruned into a hedge or screen for privacy, or a nice border. UF/IFAS Sites. Florida 4-H Forest Ecology. Q: Is it OK to prune my wax myrtle in the month of November? I have not found a good guide for when to prune certain plants.

Any suggestions? A: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Home & Garden section put together a nice pruning calendar a few years ago. With their permission, I. Dec 02, Fruit of the wax myrtle tree is an important source of food for birds in the winter. Grayish-white clusters of fruit with a bluish, waxy coating remain on the plant throughout the winter in USDA Zones 7 -9, where the growing wax myrtle is hardy.

Include the wax myrtle tree in your natural or wildlife friendly treemulch.buzzs appear in spring; they are small with a greenish tint. How to Prune Myrtle. When your climate calls for drought-tolerant plants, you don't need to forego the lush look of a flowering evergreen shrub. Myrtle (Myrtus communis) is a Mediterranean native. Evergreen shrubs like hollies, azaleas, wax myrtle and laurel respond well to this type of pruning.

Keep in mind that the best time to prune flowering plants is a few weeks after they flower. For evergreen shrubs, it’s in late spring through mid-summer. Vines may also need to be rejuvenated from time to time.