Myrtus communis 'Compacta'
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
We no longer grow this plant
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|Botanical Pronunciation||MER-tus com-MU-nis|
|Lore||Myrtus was grown in ancient Pompeii evidenced by colorful painted murals of garden scenes featuring plants in bloom.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Slow grower to 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.|
|Design Ideas||Myrtle 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.|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Waterwise, Compact Form|
|Watering Needs||Once 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