A delightful small to medium sized shrub, with numerous small white flowers in late spring to summer, which are followed up with small edible purple spotted white berries. It grows from 1 to 2 metres high, making it useful for informal low hedging. An adaptable plant for different conditions, from sun to part shade and most soil types. Naturally occurs near streams and damp spots around Sydney, so is good for temperate to subtropical areas. Tolerant of moderate frost, can survive dry spells but fruits best with good watering around budding and fruiting time. Pruning will help create a more dense growing plant.
|Scientific Name:||Austromyrtus tenuifolia|
|Plant Type:||Small shrub, Large shrub|
|Height:||1 ~ 2 metre|
|Flower Colour:||White, Cream|
|Flowering Time:||Spring, Summer|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Mediterranean|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade, Half shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Spreading, Mound-shaped|
|Soil Moisture:||Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Propagation Method:||Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Feature plant|
|Special Uses:||Edible, Decorative fruit, Fast growing, Playground friendly|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Seed eating birds, Butterflies|
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