Myrtus communis  'Boetica'   
Twisted myrtle   
Myrtaceae Family     

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


Form: irregular, depends on training; shrub or twisted tree
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: 9-12ft with equal spread; moderate growth rate
leaf close-up
whorled leaf arrangement on
Myrtus communis'Boetica'
Leaves: lanceolate with virtually no petiole, dark green, aromatic, whorled
Flowers: starlike, in small white clusters usually on terminal branch portions
Fruit: blueberry-like seed with hard center
Stems/Trunks: interesting when exposed, mottled and gnarled; light tan
Range/Origin: SW Europe
Hardiness: uncertain, probably to high teens



Twisted myrtle
Myrtus communis 'Boetica'
in a large planter

susceptible to chlorosis
resistant to Texas root rot
good M. communis variety for desert environments

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