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Myrtus communis (Common myrtle)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
2.5m
Max height
2.5m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Myrtus communis

Other names

Common myrtle

Genus

Myrtus Myrtus

Species

M. communis - M. communis is an evergreen shrub, neatly packed with shiny green leaves. Pretty white flowers appear in summer and are followed by black berries.


Myrtus communis is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers and foliage are aromatic.

Habit

Bushy, Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 9. If wall-trained, pruning group 13.

Propagation

Sow seed in a cold frame in autumn.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Myrtus communis (Common myrtle) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Coastal, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Outdoors, in mild areas, grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun with shelter from cold, drying winds. Needs long, hot summer for flower & fruit production. Under glass, grow in loam-based compost in filtered light and good ventilation.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Myrtus communis

Other names

Common myrtle

Genus

Myrtus Myrtus

Species

M. communis - M. communis is an evergreen shrub, neatly packed with shiny green leaves. Pretty white flowers appear in summer and are followed by black berries.

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers and foliage are aromatic.

Habit

Bushy, Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 9. If wall-trained, pruning group 13.

Propagation

Sow seed in a cold frame in autumn.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Myrtus communis (Common myrtle) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Coastal, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Outdoors, in mild areas, grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun with shelter from cold, drying winds. Needs long, hot summer for flower & fruit production. Under glass, grow in loam-based compost in filtered light and good ventilation.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8

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