'Hiwassee' wax myrtle available...

myrtleoak(z7 TN)July 4, 2011

Ellenbergs in Knoxville has the 'Hiwassee' cultivar of max myrtle for sale. This cultivar comes from the original plant in the UT trial gardens that has survived -3 with only slight leaf burn and makes a tall hedge or small evergreen tree. Sorry, Brandon, but wax myrtle does grow in Knoxville:P

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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Ya know, it seems to me I predicted just that!
(-;

"Dirr lists Myrica cerifera as hardy to zone 8, (but) I'd bet someone has one or two growing successfully in a protected area here..."

People grow palms, bananas, and other tropicals here, so one would certainly expect to find someone growing wax myrtles too.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2011 at 1:03AM
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krikit

Myrtleoak - thanks for posting!!! I've been wanting a wax myrtle and planned on ordering one this fall - but much prefer buying local.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2011 at 7:35AM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

I have no idea how accurate this map is, but, for anyone interested, the link below is supposed to show the native range of this plant.

Here is a link that might be useful: PlantMaps.com's Native Range Map

    Bookmark   July 10, 2011 at 2:11AM
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krikit

Myrtleoak,

Do you know the approximate height of the wax myrtle at the trial garden? I'm wondering about how tall the mature height would be. Thanks in advance.

Frances

    Bookmark   July 16, 2011 at 11:51AM
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myrtleoak(z7 TN)

It was 8-10 feet. Last time I was there, it had been removed:(

    Bookmark   July 29, 2011 at 12:01AM
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travisdm4

Yeah Brandon, I think Dirr is actually wrong. I know the Myrica 'Hiwassww is hardy to zone 7 myself. Have one living just fine about a mile down the road from the house. Millers Creek, NC almost zone 6. To krikit full grown size would be about 15 to 20' high and about 10-15' wide.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2012 at 8:32PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Travis,
What are you basing your conclusion on (besides the presence of one specimen in a location who's microclimate we probably know little about)? Dirr is joined by numerous other researchers and growers in rating Myrica cerifera as hardy to zone 8. When you question something that most people (that know about the subject) agree upon, it only makes sense to have a solid basis for your claim. Otherwise, the claim is of little use. It's not that Dirr and many others can't be wrong, but the likelihood, at least compared to a single anecdotal hunch, is slim. Hardiness zone ratings are generally based on performance of multiple plants grown in various conditions, and conclusions are usually geared toward average conditions in the areas where the plants are typically found. The picture is was too large to be described or completely understood by one plant!

    Bookmark   February 22, 2012 at 9:01PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

replace "was" with "way".

    Bookmark   February 22, 2012 at 9:22PM
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TommyNashville

Is wax myrtle 'Hiwassee' the same as the regular wax myrtle I know? Mine have no problem here in zone 7.

This is how it started:

This is it now- even after being split by a storm:

More wax myrtle and live oak I have:

They sell it here at Lowes.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2012 at 3:09AM
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krikit

Beautiful pics Tommy! thanks for posting those - makes me want one now more than ever :-)

thanks!

    Bookmark   March 1, 2012 at 6:52PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Krikit,

What you need are some of those hardy palms. There's more than one type that are hardier than wax myrtles, and think of how neat it would be to have one! You'd probably be the only one in the neighborhood.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2012 at 7:45PM
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