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Myrtifolia

Prunus lusitanica
Myrtifolia has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit

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 flowering cherry trees for sale

  • 2-year pot-grown tree £54.95
    In a 12L pot
    Small size (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
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Myrtifolia characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • AwardsRHS AGM (current) 2012
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive foliageScented flowers
  • Growth habitSpreading / Flat-topped
  • Height after 10 years1.5m-2.5m / 5ft-8ft
  • PruningPrune hard
  • Growth rateAverage
  • WildlifeAttractive to birds
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering monthJune
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnGreen
  • Fruit colourPurple
  • Fruit sizeSmall
  • Country of originSpainPortugal
  • Annual cycleEvergreen


How to choose a flowering cherry tree

We list more than 70 different flowering cherry trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different characteristics of flowering cherries might help narrow down the selection.