Prunus lusitanica Myrtifolia

  • Flowering month: June
  • Flower colour: White
  • Flower size: Small
  • Height 10 years: 1.5m-2.5m / 5ft-8ft
  • Growth habit: Spreading

Myrtifolia is a form of the Portuguese Laurel, Prunus lusitanica. It is an evergreen and the main attraction is the dark green shiny leaves.

The tiny white flowers are borne in long cascading tresses in June, and have a delicate scent. There are usually tiny purple fruitlets in the autumn - not suitable for humans but attractive to birds.

Myrtifolia is very easy to grow, very hardy, and can be pruned at any time. It remains a small tree, with a dense spreading habit. It is a good choice as a large patio plant, and can be treated as an alternative to the traditional patio bay tree.

Myrtifolia trees for sale

Item
Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
Quantity
2-year Myrtifolia tree - in a 12L pot
1.5m-2.5m tall after 10 years
£45.95
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Myrtifolia characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive foliage Scented flowers
  • Height 10 years: 1.5m-2.5m / 5ft-8ft
  • Growth habit: Spreading
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Useful for: Patio growing Topiary Hedging
  • Hardiness rating (RHS): H5 (to -15C)
  • Pruning: Prune hard
  • Disease resistance: Average
  • Gardening skill: Average

Identification

  • Country of origin: Spain Portugal
  • Flowering month: June
  • Flowering season: Late
  • Flower colour: White
  • Flower size: Small
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Green
  • Fruit colour: Purple
  • Fruit size: Small
  • Annual cycle: Evergreen
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Using

  • Wildlife: Attractive to birds

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