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Myrtus communis subsp. tarentina - 60-70cm, 10lt

Myrtus communis subsp. tarentina - 60-70cm, 10lt

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Myrtus communis subsp. tarentina, commonly known as Tarentum myrtle or Sardinian myrtle, is a subspecies of the Myrtus communis plant native to the Mediterranean region, particularly found in Italy, Sardinia, and parts of Greece. Belonging to the Myrtaceae family, this evergreen shrub is renowned for its aromatic foliage, petite white flowers, and small, dark purple berries.

Tarentum myrtle typically grows to a height of around 2 meters, forming dense, bushy foliage with glossy, lance-shaped leaves that exude a distinctive fragrance when crushed or brushed against. The leaves are arranged oppositely along the stems, providing an attractive, symmetrical appearance. In summer, the plant produces clusters of fragrant white flowers with prominent stamens, which attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

One of the most striking features of Myrtus communis subsp. tarentina is its small, round berries, which ripen in late summer to early autumn. These berries, known as myrtle berries, are initially green but turn deep purple-black when mature. They are edible and have a sweet, slightly tangy flavor, often used in culinary applications such as flavouring spirits, making jams, or infusing syrups.

In terms of cultivation, Myrtus communis subsp. tarentina thrives in well-drained soil and full sunlight, making it suitable for Mediterranean gardens and landscapes. It is relatively low-maintenance, requiring occasional pruning to maintain shape and encourage flowering and fruiting. Additionally, it is tolerant of drought once established, though regular watering during dry spells can promote healthier growth and berry production.

  • Common Name

    Tarentum myrtle, Myrtus 'Tarentina'

  • Family


  • Type

    evergreen shrub

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To


  • Flower

    fragrant, small, white flowers with yellow stamens

  • Foliage

    ovate, glossy green leaves

  • Maturation period

    10–20 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height


Mature Width


Shape / habit


Preferred Location


West–facing or South–facing, sheltered

Soil Type

acid, alkaline, neutral, full sun

Soil moisture

moist but well–drained

Growing Period


summer, autumn


all year



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