Common Myrtle, Myrtus, Greek Myrtle
Common Myrtle is an upright evergreen bushy fragrant shrub that flowers profusely with fragrant white flowers followed by purple-black berries. It is an excellent garden shrub for growing in a shaded warm patch. As a Bonsai its flowers, fruits, glossy leaves and fragrance make plant that has some to offer all year round.
Formal upright, Informal Upright, Slanting, Cascade, Semi-cascade, Broom, Rock-over-root, Clasped-to-rock, Group planting, Saikei
Grow in light shade to full sun. Protect from cold, drying winds. Leafs turn purple in cold wind exposed areas.
The plant is highly drought tolerant. The soil should be allowed to dry in-between waterings.
Use a well-rotted garden compost or manure in early spring. Fertilize monthly during the growing season.
Leaf and Branch Pruning:
Prune in early spring to keep a desired form. If you are looking for a flower display prune after flowering. Remove any unwanted growth in late spring. Prune back shoots to 2 nodes as soon as it gets to 4-6 nodes long.
Re-potting & Growing Medium:
Every 2 to 3 years in spring. Use 2 parts Loam, 1 part peat, 1 part sharp sand. In stead of peat you can also use well rotted bark and or leaf humus.
Wire bewteen spring and autumn, protecting the bark which is such a strong feature of the tree.