Myrtus communis ‘Tarentina’

common myrtle

Myrtus communis ‘Tarentina’ is an evergreen shrub with a compact, dense growth habit. It produces small white flowers with a pleasant fragrance in late spring and summer, followed by small black fruits. The glossy, dark green foliage is attractive year-round and has a pleasant aroma when crushed. This hardy shrub is easy to grow and makes a great addition to any garden or landscape. It is tolerant of a variety of soil types and can be pruned to keep it neat and tidy.

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Origin: Mediterranean area
Genus: Myrtus
Species / Cultivar: communis ssp. 'Terentina'
Common Name: common myrtle

Plant Biography

Myrtus communis ‘Tarentina’ is a species of evergreen shrub native to the Mediterranean region. It is an attractive, slow-growing shrub with glossy, dark green leaves and fragrant white flowers in the summer. The flowers are followed by small, round, black fruits which are edible and used in jams, jellies and liqueurs.

It is also known as the Tarentina myrtle, due to its origin in the city of Taranto in Italy.

Myrtus communis 'Tarentina'
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Will need protection from frosts in order to survive winter, eg. with fleece jacket.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Myrtus communis ‘Tarentina’ grows best in full sun and well-drained soil. It is tolerant of drought and salt spray, making it a popular choice for coastal gardens.

It can grow up to 4 feet tall and wide and is often used as a hedge or border plant. It is also popular for topiary and can be pruned and shaped into a variety of forms.


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