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Commonly known as Chilean myrtle, Orange-bark myrtle
EvergreenBroadly elliptic, glossy, dark-green leaves to 2.5cm (1in) long.
HedgeIdeal for hedging
Tall ShrubUpright bushy shrub or small tree. 5-petalled flowers 2cm (¾in) are produced singly or in few-flowered clusters followed by edible purple berries.
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winterHardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
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Additional FeaturesBerriesThese plants have berries.Good to knowSyn. Myrtus luma, Myrtus apiculata.Ornamental barkPests & DiseasesNone.Place of originChile, Argentina.Resistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Garden Location/ConditionsBorderSuitable for a warm, sheltered border
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
(see photos above)
(see photos above)
Pruning groupPruning group 1Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
RHS group 1
Scented PlantsScented flowersScented foliage
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soilHumus-rich.
Tree ShapeRounded to broadly columnar
Buy Varieties of LUMA apiculata
conspicuous creamy yellow margin to the leaves which are tinged pink in the winter