Previously, about 35 species of evergreen or deciduous shrubs or small trees, often aromatic, were in this genus. A recent revision of the Myricaceae [Wilbur RL. 1994. The Myricaceae of the United States and Canada: Genera, subgenera and series. Sida 16(1): 93-107] has placed most of the Myrica in the genus, Morella. Now only a few species remain in the Myrica, including Myrica gale, bog-myrtle, which is native to parts of Japan, North Korea, Russia, mainland Europe, the British Isles, and Canada and the United States.
Myrica: Greek name for Tamarix.