Morella cerifera (Linnaeus) Small. Phen: Apr; Aug-Oct. Hab: Interdune swales (where often dominant), pocosins, brackish marshes, other wet to moist habitats, now also widely planted (including in the Piedmont) as an ornamental or landscaping shrub and persistent or naturalizing in suburban woodlands. Dist: As a native, widespread in the Coastal Plain of Southeastern United States: NJ south to FL and west to TX; Bahamas; West Indies; Mexico and Central America.
Origin/Endemic status: Native
Other Comments: Our most common Morella, and also the largest, sometimes becoming a small tree, to at least 15 m tall and 25 cm DBH. See Morella pumila for a discussion of the controversial taxonomy of Morella cerifera and Morella pumila.
Synonymy: = K3, K4, Va, Weakley & Poindexter (2023) in Weakley et al. (2023, in press); = Cerothamnus ceriferus (L.) Small – S; = Myrica cerifera L. – F, G, NcTx, Tx; = Myrica cerifera L. var. cerifera – RAB, Elias (1971b); < Morella cerifera (L.) Small – Il, K1, Mex, Herbert (2005), Wilbur (1994); < Myrica cerifera L. – Ar, C, Fl2, FNA3, GW2, WH3