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Myrtus communis     
True Myrtle   
Myrtaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: dense rounded shrub, with age a small tree
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: 5-8ft, spread 4-6ft; as a tree 15ft with equal spread
Leaves: dark green, lancelate or oval, to 2in, aromatic, opposite; typical myrtle shape
Flowers: small (to 3/4in) white; bloom in early summer
leaf close-up
young leaves on
Myrtus communis
Fruit: blueberry like berry
Stems/Trunks: attractive if exposed
Range/Origin: Mediterranean
Hardiness: well below 32°F



myrtle bush
Myrtus communis

aka Common Myrtle, Roman Myrtle

variety 'Compacta' has more refined foliage, recommended for edging and formal hedges

prone to chlorosis if overwatered

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