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Commonly known as Chilean guava, Murtillo
Evergreenglossy, dark-green leaves to 3.5cm (1½in) long.
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in heightUpright shrub. Nodding flowers to 1cm (½in) across, sometimes tinged pink, are produced singly from the leaf axils, followed by aromatic berries 1cm (½in) across.
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)
Full sunshelter from colds winds in frosty areas.
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Additional FeaturesBerriesThese plants have berries.Good to knowIntroduced into England by William Lobb in 1844. Became the favourite fruit of Queen Victoria. Attractive to insects. Exceptionally can grow to 3m (10ft)Pests & DiseasesNone.Place of originChile, western Argentina.
Garden Location/ConditionsSuitable for small gardens
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
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(see photos above)Ovate (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 flowers
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soil
Buy Varieties of UGNI molinae
buttery-yellow foliage with pinky-orange tips when young. Small pink flowers
variegated leaves tinged with pink. An attractive plant especially when the berries are also present