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Myrtus communis subsp. tarentina AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Leaf or Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink and White in Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

White in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

Tarentum myrtle

Family

Myrtaceae


Myrtus are evergreen shrubs or small trees with aromatic, leathery leaves and solitary, bowl-shaped white flowers followed by fleshy, often edible berries

M. communis subsp. tarentina is a small evergreen shrub of dense growth, with small, narrowly ovate leaves, and pink buds opening to white flowers followed by white berries 12mm in length

Synonym(s)

  • Myrtus communis 'Jenny Reitenbach'
  • Myrtus communis 'Microphylla'
  • Myrtus communis 'Nana'
  • Myrtus communis subsp. tarentina 'Microphylla'
  • Myrtus 'Tarentina'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grows well in most moderately fertile soils. Provide shelter from cold, drying winds. Long, hot summers are required for the production of fruits and flowers

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in containers in a coldframe in autumn or root semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer with bottom heat

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean Climate Plants or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 9 or pruning group 13 if wall-trained

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free