Myrtus communis 'Compacta'Item #6217 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
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Popular, compact tightly branched evergreen shrub with creamy-white flowers has fragrant foliage when crushed. Extremely useful and dependable as a low hedge and foundation planting.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Slow grower to 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.Key Feature:Drought TolerantBlooms:Spring
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:MER-tus com-MU-nisPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow grower to 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteCompanion PlantsMyrtle was a favorite garden plant of ancient Rome, where it was sheared regularly to release its fragrant oils. It remains an ideal small hedge plant for city gardens in warmer regions, where it works well in Mediterranean and drought-resistant landscapes. Shear or grow naturally. Use as background, a barrier hedge, a formal hedge around a rose garden or as a simple low-maintenance foundation plant for walls and fence lines. Makes a nice and simple topiary form if trained or sheared from the beginning.
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory:This ancient evergreen bearing distinctive aromatic oils was held sacred by the Greco-Romans who dedicated it o Venus, goddess of love. Although widely distributed around the Mediterranean, scholars believe it is native to western Asia and naturalized in Europe. By 1640 at least six varieties were under cultivation included this dwarf form. Genus was chosen for its vernacular name in ancient times.Lore:Myrtus was grown in ancient Pompeii evidenced by colorful painted murals of garden scenes featuring plants in bloom.