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Lophomyrtus bullata
  • RHS AGM

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A rounded, bushy shrub or small tree with downy stems. The rounded leaves are 3cm long and strongly puckered or blistered between the veins. New leaves are bronze-tinted, maturing to glossy dark green. In summer it produces open, cup-shaped white flowers 1cm wide, usually followed by ovoid deep black-red berries

Synonyms
Myrtus bullata
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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Bronze Green
Summer White Bronze Green
Autumn Bronze Green Black
Winter Bronze Green
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Myrtaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Lophomyrtus are evergreen shrubs or small trees with simple, leathery leaves, four-petaled flowers with prominent stamens and purple-black to red berries

Name status

Correct

Plant range
New Zealand

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow under glass in loam-based compost in bright, filtered light. During the growing season water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly. Water sparingly in winter

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown at 13-18ºC as soon as ripe. Root semi-ripe cuttings with heels in the summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

See pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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