AMOMYRTUS luma

Commonly known as Luma, Myrtle, Ugni

formerly Myrtus lechleriana - copper coloured young leaves and abundant clusters of creamy-yellow flowers in MAY which often cause the branches to sag. Edible berries
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AMOMYRTUS luma

 
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  • Evergreen
    Dark-green leaves 2.5-5cm (1-2in) long.
  • Cream
  • Height
    6m (20ft) or more
  • Spread
    4m (13ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    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)
  • Full sun
    Shelter from cold, drying winds.
  • Partial shade
    Light, dappled shade.
  • Additional Features
    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
    none.
  • Place of origin
    Chile.
  • Flower Shape
    Racemes - compact, axillary racemes of 4-10, 1cm (½in) across
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Coastal / windswept - in more sheltered site
  • Hardiness
    Frost hardy (down to -5)
  • Leaf margin
    Entire see photos above
  • Leaf shape
    Ovate see photos above
  • Pruning group
    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
  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers
  • Scented foliage
    strongly aromatic.
  • Seasonal Interest
    Autumn
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile well drained soil
  • Tree Shape
    Broadly columnar
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Amomyrtus luma - Care Guide
6m (20ft) or more
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  4m (13ft)
 

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