Morella californica (syn. Myrica californica)
Pacific wax myrtle

Myricaceae (sweetgale family)
Pacific Coast

Although wax myrtle can grow in tree form, those on campus are clearly intended to be managed as broad, dense shrubs. The lanceolate leaves are finely toothed, 2 inches or more in length, glossy green above and pale below.

As one approaches Littlefield Center going south on Lasuen Street seven are off to the right of the archway and one to the left. The fruits occur in clusters of ¼-inch dark purple nuts with a waxy bloom. The nearest points where wax myrtle is native are Big Basin and the vicinity of Santa Cruz.

Name derivation: Morella – From myrike, the Gk name for Tamarix; californica – of California.

About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005. Genus name updated to Morella from Myrica Jan 2018 (SP).