Myrtle (Myrtus communis)

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 4 to 6 feet but over time can reach heights to 20 feet.
Plant Spread: 3 to 5 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fragrant
Broadleaf
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Edible Parts: Leaves
Fruit
Flowers
Eating Methods: Culinary Herb/Spice
Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Posted by wildflowers (North East Texas - Zone 7b) on Feb 5, 2015 10:59 AM

Myrtle is a sweetly scented shrub that makes a lovely container plant in cooler climates, where it can be brought indoors over winter. Leaves, flowers, and berries are all edible; the leaves can be used as a substitute for bay leaves. Also, the leaves are very aromatic and are used medicinally and in aromatherapy.

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