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Nothing Common About It!

Don’t let the name fool you! The Common Myrtle (Myrtus communis) is so much more than common. This is a spectacular landscape shrub for warmer zones (though it excels as a potted plant in colder zones where it can be brought in from winter chill).

This little beauty has very broad evergreen leaves and can be trained as a small tree, trimmed into a sharp hedge or even carved into a sweet topiary. (Leaping dolphins, anyone?) It usually grows to 5’-6’ tall and wide, but in the right spot can reach upwards of 15’ or more.

The leaves are highly scented when brushed against, so plant it where you can touch it – along a well-worn path, in containers next to an entry or patio or edging a driveway where you and your guests will brush by it on the way to the front door. The crushed leaves are so aromatic that they are often used as a substitute for bay leaves in cooking. Common Myrtle blooms fragrant white flowers from May through July that are beautiful to look at but are also surprisingly tasty. Try them garnishing salads or floating in mixed drinks.

Are you a griller? If so you can add the dried wood and leaves to your charcoal to add a unique smoky flavor to your grilled meats and fish.

Once the flowers are gone Myrtle is covered in edible glossy dark berries. (They are honestly just so-so tasting to us humans, but wow, do the birds love them!)

These plants love full sun or part shade so they are good additions to just about any garden, big or small.

Don’t let the name fool you. Common Myrtle is an un-commonly great landscape plant and you need a couple in your garden today!

*Perfect for urban gardens
*Versatile – use as a small tree, hedge or standout shrub
*Fragrant white blooms
*Glossy evergreen leaves
*Edible leaves, flowers, and berries


Common Myrtle Is Suited to Grow in Zones 8-10
Growing Zones 8-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Myrtus communis
Foliage Broadleaved Evergreen
Mature Height 5 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Soil Type Very Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium Moisture
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White, Yellow
Foliage Color Green
Fruiting Time Fall