Southern wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera) belongs to the Myricaceae (the Bayberry family). It is a small evergreen tree that is native to North and Central America and the Caribbean. This tree grows in wetlands, river margins, sand dunes and pine barrens, and up to a height of 3-4.5 m. The leaves are glossy, aromatic, oblanceolate, olive green, and dotted with tiny yellow resin glands. The flowers are fragrant but non-showy, and bloom in late winter to early spring. The fruits are globose, blue-gray, and mature in late summer to fall, with persistence through winter. Each fruit is surrounded by an aromatic waxy substance. They have been used for many years to make bayberry candles, soaps and sealing wax.