Common myrtle

Myrtus communis

Common myrtle - Myrtus communis

Common Name: Common myrtle
Genus: Myrtus
Species: communis

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 3.00 m (300 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 3.00 m (300 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July & August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

In mid to late summer this bushy evergreen shrub is festooned with fragrant white fluffy flowers followed by round purple-black berries. But it is an asset to the garden all year round with glossy pointed leaves that give off a fragrant aroma when crushed and provide a handsome backdrop for other flowering plants. A useful and pretty shrub for a sunny border or for growing against a south or west-facing wall.

  • Garden care : Protect from cold drying winds. Apply a 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant in early spring. Remove any unwanted growth in late spring.
  • Goes well with: Sarcococca confusa, Lavandula x intermedia 'Dutch Group', Rosmarinus officinalis 'Miss Jessop's Upright', Perovskia atriplicifolia, Iris reticulata, Clematis viticella 'Purpurea Plena Elegans'.

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