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Myrica cerifera var. pumila - click image to enlarge
JC Raulston Arboretum. Spring 2003. Note the short, wide, almost spoon-like leaves. The creeping juniper and daffodil foliage give one some idea of how small this plant can be.

Myrica cerifera var. pumila
ht: 2-3' tall
ha: dwarf and spreading by suckers
ch: 8?
rai: better than species for a low hedge
so: Woodlander's 803-648-7522

Myrica cerifera 'Club Med'
ha: dwarf, smaller than 'Fairfax', somewhat irregular
ht: 3-4 ft.
or: Bill Craven
ch: 7

Myrica cerifera 'Don's Dwarf' ('Dodd's Dwarf')
ha: dwarf, compact, smaller than species typical
ht: 24" but reports of 4-6 ft. appear.
lc: dark olive green - better than most cv.
ll: larger than 'Lynn's Dwarf'
dr: leafspot resistant
ns: The name 'Dodd's Dwarf' has been listed because of its origin
or: Don Whiddon
in: Tom Dodd Nur.
so:
Rushing Nursery

Myrica cerifera 'Emperor - click image to enlarge
Hampton Roads Arboretum, Norfolk, VA USA. August 2003.

Myrica cerifera 'Emperor'
ha: large, full-sized
ls: narrower blade
lm: dentate or serrate on most shoots, irregularly so. It is essentually a cut-leaved cultivar.
lc: glossy rich green
eval: our first impression based on nursery plants (one to 4 feet tall) was that it differed little. Likely that
eval: group of plants was stunted or had much leaf drop. The established plant shot above was not only distinct
eval: but confirms this is an outstanding and wonderful introduction. It is a little too Cannabinoid for some tastes
eval: perhaps. If you plant it don't be surprised if you return home some day  to find the local Sheriff chopping
eval: and hauling off your new hedge. Given the dense clustered buds of this species - whew! Compared to other
eval: shrubs of this look, I like it much more than Rhamnus fragula 'Asplenifolia' for a crisper, more toothed leaf.
or: Lane Bracken of AL

Myrica cerifera 'Fairfax'
ha: compact, semi-dwarf, spreading well over time, denser
ht: 4-5 ft. in some gardens. Dirr reports GA plants reached 6-8 ft. in 8 years
lc: lighter green than species typical
lw: narrower than species typical
or: Bill Craven found near Fairfax SC

Myrica cerifera 'Georgia Gem'
ha: compact, mound
ht: 12-18 in. tall x 30-36 in. wide
ll: smaller blades than typical
lc: yellow-green to dark olive green
or: Bill Craven of Waynesboro GA
lu: one of very few clones suitable for a tall ground cover
ch: Dirr reports it is less cold hardy than some clones and died at 7 deg. F.

Myrica cerifera 'Hiwassee'
ch: survived -4 deg. F.
or: Univ. of TN, Knoxville

Myrica heterophylla 'Jamaica Road' (8/01)
ha: compact
lc: olive green
ch: 7
so:
Rushing Nursery online catalog 2001.

Myrica cerifera 'King's Dwarf'
ha: compact
ll: smaller blades
or: Tom Dodd Nur.

Myrica cerifera 'Lane'
lm: 'deeply serrate' and showier than species typical
dr: resistant to leaf spot
pat: US #7555 to R.L. Brackin in 1991

Myrica cerifera 'Luray'
ha: dense, semi-dwarf
ht: 4 ft. to date
or: Woodlanders Nur. of Aiken SC

Myrica cerifera 'Lynn's Dwarf'
ha: dense, compact, true dwarf
ht: 18-24 in.
ll: smaller blades
lc: bright green
or: Lynn Lowery
in: Tom Dodd Nur.

'Pat's Gold' - click images
Plant Delights Nursery, Raleigh, NC. May 2004. A new and interesting clone, valuable for contrasting with darker shrubs. It's not bright but it's contrasty enough. The genus now has several green hues, silvery-greens, and light gold.

Myrica cerifera 'Pat's Gold' (5/4)
lc: greenish-yellow, very distinct on contrast with greener forms

Myrica cerifera var. pumila 'Suwanee Elf'
ht: 4 ft.
or: natural hybrid of var. pumila x var. cerifera
so:
Mail-Order Natives

Myrica cerifera var. pumila 'Willowleaf'
ha: dwarf as the variety
ls: narrower, Salix-like blade
or: Woodlanders c. 1998?

[variegated sport from NC] - click image
This new sport is currently under evaluation. It is the most heavily covered chimera of several sports observed on this species over two decades.

Myrica cerifera [variegated sport from NC]
lc: heavily and irregularly mottled and sectored light  yellow, most from 30-70% of surface, some leaves half green and half yellow
or: Laurence Hatch 2004 found as sport in Raleigh NC

Myrica cerifera 'Varnadoe'
ha: dense
lc: darker green
or: Aaron Varnadoe
so:
Mail-Order Natives

'Marcel's Wonder' - click image to enlarge
JC Raulston Arboretum. Fall 2003. Close-up of this newish, broad-leaved clone. We did not some leafspot in this trial.

Myrica heterophylla 'Marcel's Wonder' (8/01)
ns: listed name for
Rushing Nursery but not found in the 2001 online catalog to date.

'Robbie Green' - click image to enlarge
JC Raulston Arboretum. Fall 2003. This very wide-leaved cultivar with neat, pyramidal shape immediately appeals.

Myrica heterophylla 'Robbie Green' (8/01)
lc: red new growth becomes dark green
ch: 7
or: GA USA
so:
Rushing Nursery

Myrica pensylvanica SILVER SPRITE™ 'Morton'
ht: 5 ft. tall x 7 ft. wide (original plant at 15 years)
ha: dense, compact, broadly oval
lc: grey-green
frq: as species typical
or: Kris Bachtell of Morton Arb., Lisle IL USA selected from public landscape in that city
in, photo: Chicagoland Grows c. 2002

Myrica pensylvanica 'Wildwood'
ha: vigorous and erect and multi-stemmed in dense thickets
ht: most to 6 ft. (dunes) - rarely to 8 ft. (inland moist soils)
lc: dark green
lu: salt and wind tolerant in sandy soils. Used for soil stabilization
lu: and erosion control
or: USDA-SCS of Cape May NJ Plant Materials Center c. 1993. Selected from
or: 86 collected strains over a period of 27 years in evaluation. This
or: was breed from the top 4 of these 86 strains.
ch: 3

Myrica rubra - click image
Asian Valley, US National Arboretum. Spring 2004. A very different species with long leaves to 6 inches and some curious red tints. This would be a nice
project for cultivar selection and breeding for warm (USDA 7-9) climates.

Myrica rubra