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Care of the plant Myrica faya or Fire tree.

Care of the plant Myrica faya or Fire tree

The genus Myrica, family Myricaceae, includes 40 species of trees and shrubs native to all continents except Australasia. Some species are: Myrica faya, Myrica rubra, Myrica gale, Myrica californica, Myrica serrata.

Common names: Fire tree, Candleberry myrtle, Firebush, Fayatree. This species is native to the Canary Islands.

They are trees or shrubs that reach 15 meters in height but usually do not exceed 5-6 meters. The leaves are evergreen, lustrous, leathery and with serrated edges. These dioecious plants can be hermaphroditic and produce flowers of both sexes; these flowers are not decorative.

They are used for informal hedges, as isolated specimens, in bushy groups, as windbreaks and in water gardens. They are ideal for coastal gardens and low maintenance garden areas.

Myrica faya grows in semi-shade or shade exposures. They do not resist frost or intense cold.

They can grow in any soil: sandy, clay, muddy, dry, or poorly drained.

Water regularly so that the substrate is always wet but without waterlogging.

They do not need fertilizers.

Prune after flowering to remove dry branches.

They are resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated by woody cuttings in early fall or from seeds sown in fall.

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Myrica faya
Myrica faya
 

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