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Roman Myrtle (twisted)

Roman Myrtle (twisted)

Regular price $29.70 USD
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Plant Type: shrub
Plant Height: 6-8 feet
Spread: 4-6 feet
Flower Color: white
Sun Exposure: Full Sun or Partial Shade


The Twisted Roman Myrtle, often classified under Myrtus communis 'Boetica' or sometimes referred to as 'Twist', is a unique and elegant variety of the common myrtle. This evergreen shrub is noted for its distinctive, twisted branches that create an interesting and sculptural form, making it a standout in any garden setting. Native to the Mediterranean region, Roman Myrtle has been cherished for centuries for its aromatic foliage, attractive white flowers, and the historical significance it holds in various cultures.

Growing to about 6 to 8 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide, the Twisted Roman Myrtle forms a dense, bushy shape with glossy, dark green leaves that release a pleasant fragrance when crushed. In summer, it produces an abundance of small, white flowers that are followed by purplish-black berries in the fall, adding seasonal interest to the landscape.

Adapted to full sun to partial shade, this variety of Roman Myrtle thrives in well-draining soil and is moderately drought-tolerant once established. It prefers a warm, sheltered location and can tolerate a range of soil types, from sandy to loamy. Regular watering during dry periods and occasional pruning to shape and remove dead or twisted branches will help maintain its health and appearance.

In landscaping, Twisted Roman Myrtle is often used as a specimen plant, in hedges or topiary, due to its unique form and texture. Its twisted branches provide architectural interest, especially in winter when the structure of the plant is more visible. It can also be planted in containers, where its growth can be more easily managed and its fragrant foliage enjoyed up close.

Overall, Twisted Roman Myrtle is a low-maintenance and attractive shrub, ideal for adding year-round beauty and a touch of Mediterranean flair to the garden. Its unique twisted branches, fragrant leaves, and historical significance make it a favored choice for gardeners looking to create visually engaging and aromatic landscapes.

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