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Commonly known as Luma, Myrtle, Ugni
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Dark-green leaves 2.5-5cm (1-2in) long.
6m (20ft) or more
Upright, bushy shrub or multi-stemmed tree. Produces spherical red berries which ripen to black.
Hardy - average winter Hardy 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)
Shelter from cold, drying winds.
Light, dappled shade.
Berries These plants have berries.
Good to know
syn. Myrtus lechleriana, Myrtus luma of gardens. Berries are edible. Thrives in coastal areas with warm summers. Attracts insects.
Pests & Diseases
Place of origin
Racemes - compact, axillary racemes of 4-10, 1cm (½in) across
Coastal / windswept - in more sheltered site
Frost hardy (down to -5)
Entire see photos above
Ovate see photos above
Pruning group 1
Suitable 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
Fertile well drained soil
6m (20ft) or more