Myrtus ugni syn Ugni molinae
Description: A slow growing, dense, evergreen upright shrub with small, very glossy aromatic green leaves. Strongly fragrant bowl-shaped, pink-white flowers are produced in late spring. Small dark red, aromatic fruits are borne in autumn. The fruits are edible and supposedly taste of strawberries. Although patience is required to grow this plant as it is much slower growing than other Myrtus, the wait is well worth it!
Climate / Position: Full sun to partial shade.
Height / Spread: Height 1.5m. Spread 1m.
Soil Requirements: Moist but well drained soil.
Pruning : No pruning required. Remove wayward shoots in late winter to early spring if needed.
Special Requirements: Drought tolerant when established.
First introduced to the UK in 1844, the strawberry tasting fruit were reputedly the favourite fruit of Queen Victoria.