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MYRTUS communis ssp. tarentina
Tarentum Myrtle


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:: Myrtaceae :: MYRTUS :: communis :: ssp. tarentina
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Main asset

Very strong plant, resistant to drought, aromatic, and supporting well pruning. Good alternative to Boxwood in Mediterranean or coastal zone.


Performs well in pot, and is better resistant to cold periods on poor and draining substrate.

This subspecies of the common Myrtle, known as Tarentum Myrtle, is denser and more compact than the type. The evergreen foliage is aromatic, the scented white summer blossoming is followed by bluish berries in autumn.

  • Uses: Structured garden, aromatic garden, borders, topiaries, planters

Global caracteristics:

  • Type of foliage: evergreen
  • Habit: bushy
  • Height: 1.25 m x 1 m (4 ft x 3 ft)
  • Growth: slow to medium
  • Flowering period: June-July
  • Époque de fructification : autumn

Shape and colours:

  • Foliage shape: lanceolated narrow
  • Foliage colour: medium green
  • Flowers shape: Simple with 5 petals, prominent stamens
  • Flowers colour: white
  • Forme des fruits : berries
  • Couleur des fruits : blue
  • Parfum : yes


  • Soil type: drained
  • Exposure: sun
  • Hardiness: - 10 °C (14 °F - USDA zone 8a)