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botanical name:
Luma apiculata
Luma apiculata © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Myrtle, Temu
synonyms:  Myrtus luma, Myrtus apiculata, Eugenia apiculata
family:  Myrtaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen, scented/aromatic
height: 6.00m
width: 4.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: purple
stem/bark: brown
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 9 to 10
description:
Vigorous, upright, bushy shrub or small tree with peeling cinnamon-brown and creamy-white bark. Aromatic, glossy dark green leaves, bronzy when young. Small cup-shaped, 5-petalled, white flowers from midsummer to autumn, followed by purple berries.

cultivation:
Needs a mild climate to thrive. Grow well near the coast if sheltered from cold winds. Any reasonably fertile, well drained soil in sun or light shade.

propagation:
From seed, semi-ripe cuttings in late summer, or by layering.

usage:
Can be trimmed as a hedge in mild climate areas.

The berries are edible, although variable in taste and texture.

other notes:
From Chile and Argentina

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