Myrtus communis 'Compacta'
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Myrtus communis 'Compacta'
Dwarf Myrtle is a versatile and beautiful Mediterranean shrub that is sure to add a touch of elegance and charm to any garden. Dwarf Myrtle provides structure to both formal and informal landscapes and can help define your outdoor space year-round.
Myrtus communis 'Compacta' is a compact form of True Myrtle, a plant with ancient traditions and symbolism throughout history as well as medicinal properties and culinary uses. Native to the Mediterranean region, this dwarf evergreen shrub has fragrant, glossy, bright green leaves that are smaller than Myrtus communis and give a fine-textured appearance overall. The fragrant foliage of Myrtle has a fresh camphoric aroma when clipped or crushed in hand and can be used in fresh-cut arrangements.
Delicate, sweet-scented, white flowers bloom in summer followed by bluish-black berries in autumn. The berries can be used to make jelly or syrup. The flowers and fruit attract pollinators and birds to your yard making it a great choice for an eco-friendly garden.
Dwarf Myrtle is prized for its fragrant, evergreen, dense foliage and its tolerance for heavy pruning needed to create formal hedges or topiary shapes. However, little to no pruning is required to maintain its compact, mounding natural form. Myrtus communis ‘Compacta’ grows 2-3 ft. tall and can be used in containers or planted in the ground to dress up entrances or gateways in natural or manicured form. Create intimate outdoor rooms or define walkways using Dwarf Myrtle as a clipped low hedge. This small shrub is useful in a variety of landscape styles including Mediterranean, coastal, formal, cottage, or herb gardens.
Add lush sophistication to your landscape with Dwarf Myrtle, a low maintenance shrub that is an excellent choice for beginners or busy gardeners.
Myrtle is native to the Mediterranean region and grows well in coastal climates with dry summers and wet winters.
Plant your Myrtus communis ‘Compacta’ in a location that receives full sun in well-drained soil. Adaptable to a variety of soil types, this compact myrtle grows best in moderately fertile soil. Dwarf Myrtle does not like waterlogged soil and fast draining soil is also key to successful growth.
Water regularly during the first year to develop a strong root system. Reduce frequency once established. Tolerates some drought once established. Water as needed especially in hot weather or arid climates.
Prune your Dwarf Myrtle in late winter or early spring to desired shape. Frequent pruning for a formal hedge or topiary will reduce flower production.
Provide shelter from drying winds.
Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer like Gardner & Bloome 4-4-4 Organic All Purpose Fertilizer once a year in spring.
Overall, the Dwarf Myrtle is a versatile and hardy plant that can add a touch of beauty and elegance to any garden. With proper care and maintenance, it can thrive in a variety of settings and will be a great addition to any garden.
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