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Commonly known as Luma, Myrtle, Ugni
EvergreenDark-green leaves 2.5-5cm (1-2in) long.
Height6m (20ft) or more
Tall ShrubUpright, bushy shrub or multi-stemmed tree. Produces spherical red berries which ripen to black.
Hardy - average winterHardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
Full sunShelter from cold, drying winds.
Partial shadeLight, dappled shade.
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Additional FeaturesBerriesThese plants have berries.Good to knowSyn. Myrtus lechleriana, Myrtus luma of gardens. Berries are edible. Thrives in coastal areas with warm summers. Attracts insects.Pests & DiseasesNone.Place of originChile.
Flower ShapeRacemesCompact, axillary racemes of 4-10, 1cm (½in) across
Garden Location/ConditionsCoastal / windsweptIn more sheltered site
(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 foliageStrongly aromatic.
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soil
Tree ShapeBroadly columnar
6m (20ft) or more