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botanical name:
Myrtus communis
Myrtus communis © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Myrtle
family:  Myrtaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen, scented/aromatic
height: 4.00m
width: 3.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: black
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 8 to 10
description:
Attractive flowering evergreen shrub for mild locations. Dark green aromatic leaves. Profusely borne, rounded, white tufted flowers in late summer. Small purple-black fruits in autumn and winter. Quite fast growing if the conditions suit.

cultivation:
Best in moderately fertile, preferably neutral to alkaline, well drained soil in full sun with protection from cold winds. In a favoured position it often appears to be hardier than expected, surviving temperatures down to about -10°C.

usage:
Can be used for hedging in mild climate areas.
The fruits are edible and used to make conserves.

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