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Height (when grown)
Up to 1m
Acidic, Chalky / Alkaline, Well-drained
Tender (Needs protection)
Flowering in Aug, Jul, Jun
Our Myrtle or Myrtus communis is grown as a baby standard. Tiny aromatic evergreen leaves with sweetly scented delicate five-petalled white flowers with tufts of fluffy stamens appearing in late summer and autumn.
Followed by aromatic purple-black berries which are used to make syrup in Italy where it grows wild. The little leaves can be used in cooking.
The cultivated myrtle tree needs to be trimmed to keep its round mop head. This is best done in spring but it can be allowed to grow into a more bushy shape which is very attractive. Good in pots, Myrtle shrub is quite fussy and needs attention but it is well worth it as it is such a charming little plant. It is not fully hardy and needs good protection in a conservatory or greenhouse in the cold months while preferring to be outside in a protected position during the summer. It likes the sun (will tolerate partial shade) and fertile well-drained soil. Height in maturity, 60cm x 35cm / 2ft x 1ft.
History Symbolism, Folklore & Old Wives Tales
Sacred to the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite. Together with her son Cupid, she helped many lovers’ wishes come true. Roses, Poppies & Myrtle were her favourite plants, hence the tradition of roses on Valentine’s Day. Myrtle is proof of love to last for many years to come. It is an emblem of love, laughter and joy.
Myrtle plant is grown mainly in hot countries. The berries are often eaten raw (not recommended), made into syrups or in tarts and jams or dried. The jam has an aromatic flavour which goes well with savoury dishes. In the Mediterranean, dried fruit and flower buds are used as spices, the syrup is often used in the slow cooking of meat.
Myrtle Jam: 1 kg/2lbs myrtle berries & 1kg/2lb sugar – Makes approx 2kg/4lbs of jam
Wash the berries and prick them with a darning needle. Simmer gently until soft with just enough water to prevent them from burning. Add the sugar and bring it to a boil. Then bottle in warm sterilised jars and seal.
One would need a lot of myrtle berries so it might be more practical to halve the ingredients.
The tree is watered before being carefully packed by one of our experienced staff on site. It comes in a cardboard box lined with straw. (We try to use as much recycling material as possible) The box is addressed to the customer or a specified name and address and sent out overnight delivery to arrive on requested dates.
Please note the size of the tree that you are ordering, as our trees are provided for our clients to plant themselves, which may appear at a small size rather than the fully grown tree as shown in the photos.
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A beautiful plant,perfectly packed and arrived the next day.
I will certainly buy from this professional company.thank you so much
Sent this plant for a memorial gift was absolutely beautiful excellent quality thank you very pleased
The plant is very well shaped and growing away well thanks to the recent spell of warm weather.
Well packed for delivery and a cherished plant for my wife from her sons on Mother’s Day.
Lovely little tree. Came packed up in straw.
I will enjoy watching this sweet little tree grow. Perfect shape.
Excellent plant upon arrival last year and has been constantly green – even over winter outside. Unfortunately the cold snap recently burned the new growth but will recover after its late spring haircut this weekend.
Well worth getting one of these, good value.
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