Myrtus communis


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Myrtus communis, or Common Myrtle, is a versatile evergreen shrub celebrated for its aromatic foliage and delicate white star-shaped flowers. Native to the Mediterranean, this plant boasts glossy, fragrant leaves and in late spring and summer, it blooms profusely, yielding fragrant flowers and tiny blue-black berries. Beyond its ornamental appeal, Myrtus communis holds historical and symbolic significance, representing love, peace, and immortality in various cultures. Thriving in sunny, well-drained soil, it’s a low-maintenance addition to gardens, hedges, or containers, infusing elegance and tradition into landscapes.

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Origin: Mediterranean Region
Genus: Myrtus
Species / Cultivar: communis
Common Name: Myrtle

Plant Biography

Myrtus communis, commonly known as Common Myrtle, has a rich history dating back to ancient times. It was revered by ancient civilizations, including the Greeks and Romans, for its aromatic leaves and beautiful white flowers. Myrtle was associated with love, beauty, and prosperity and was used in religious ceremonies and as a symbol of victory. Today, Myrtus communis remains a popular ornamental plant, cherished for its fragrant foliage and historical significance in gardens and landscapes worldwide.

Standing up to 5 meters tall, this plant boasts glossy, dark green leaves that release a delightful fragrance when crushed. During late spring and early summer, it showcases alluring star-shaped white flowers, emitting a sweet scent that attracts pollinators. After flowering, it produces small, edible dark purple to black berries. With a rich historical significance associated with love and beauty, Myrtus communis is a cherished cultural symbol.

Growing Myrtus communis is effortless, as it thrives in well-drained soil and enjoys a sunny to partially shaded location. Its drought tolerance and cultural symbolism make it a sought-after ornamental addition to gardens, exuding the charm of the Mediterranean. Explore the beauty of Myrtus communis and transform your garden into a fragrant haven.

Myrtus communis
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 1.5-2.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.5-2.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
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

Caring for Myrtus communis, or Common Myrtle, involves providing the right conditions for its health and beauty. Plant it in well-draining, slightly acidic to neutral soil with organic matter for better drainage. Ensure it receives full sunlight and water regularly during the growing season, keeping the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Prune after flowering, removing dead branches and spent flowers, and apply a balanced, slow-release fertiliser in spring. Mulch around the base for moisture retention and weed control. Protect young plants from frost during cold winters. This resilient shrub generally resists pests and diseases, but monitor for issues and address them promptly when needed.

2 customer reviews for Myrtus communis

This beautiful plant has just arrived it was stunning a well developed plant in good wrapping. From
ordering to delivery the experience with the palm centre was extremely good and will definitely use this
Company and recommend them highly

Rita Stephens (verified owner)

I ordered this plant for my south facing garden. The company kept me updated with the order process and the plant was delivered on time and was well packaged. The plant was larger than expected but it was very healthy with lots of berries on it. The plant looks great in the place I had chosen. I’m really pleased with both the plant and service from The Palm Centre

Lorraine Cooley (verified owner)