The wind was blowing and the temperature dropping yesterday afternoon, and I saw snow flurries outside! White flakes kept flying by as I ate. This illusion was created by a hedge of Sea Myrtle growing upwind of the restaurant. In late summer and early fall small dandelion-like seed cover the tree, giving it a snow covered look. Now the winds are blowing trillions of the feathery seed across the lawn.
Groundsel tree is a common evergreen large shrub or small tree of moist areas edges and wastelands; it is quite showy when it flowers. Tolerant of saltwater spray, Sea Myrtle is one of the few eastern shrubs suitable for planting near the marsh.
The flowers attract butterflies and the tree provides wildlife food and cover.
showy when it flowers.