Dwarf Myrtle

Myrtus communis 'Compacta'

SKU
06217
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.
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9 - 11

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Once established, needs only occasional watering.

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Botanical PronunciationMER-tus com-MU-nis
LoreMyrtus was grown in ancient Pompeii evidenced by colorful painted murals of garden scenes featuring plants in bloom.
Average Size at MaturitySlow grower to 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasMyrtle 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateSlow
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureWaterwise, Compact Form
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional watering.

Follow 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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9 - 11

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