Myrtus chequen (White Chilean Myrtle)

A cousin of the better known Myrtus apiculata, this tall, multibranched shrub or small tree can get to 5 metres in height. Please contact us for stock availability and sizes.

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A cousin of the better known Myrtus apiculata, this tall, multibranched shrub or small tree can get to 5 metres in height. An aromatic evergreen with masses of little cup-shaped white flowers in mid to late summer and flaking bark in a soft grey-brown. Also known as Luma Chequen.

Best in full sun to partial shade, in well drained moist soil. They are native to the Valdivian temperate rain forests of Chile and Argentina. In mild climates, they can tolerate coastal conditions.

N.B. When clipping several plants with the same tool, have a bucket containing a 5% bleach solution and swish your blades around for 30 seconds between plants to sterilise them. This will help avoid the chance of cross contamination of disease.

As with all woody plants, plant high, exposing as much of the taper at the base of the trunk as possible. Allowing soil to accumulate round the base of a tree can be fatal. Keep very well watered when first planted.

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