Irish wildflowers

Chilean Myrtle, Luma apiculata
Photographs: County Cork

Chilean Myrtle
Luma apiculata
Family: Myrtaceae

Flowering midsummer to autumn. Evergreen shrub. Garden escape. Introduced.

Cup-shaped scented white flowers with 5 petals, single or in small groups. Spherical purple berries produced in autumn. Aromatic leathery, dark-green leaves in opposite pairs, evergreen. Peeling rusty-brown bark. Height to 10m+. Frost tender.

Humus-rich, well-drained soil in sun or semi-shade. Seeds freely, can naturalise in mild, frost-free areas. Recorded from West Cork.
Identification confirmed by Paul Green

Chilean Myrtle. Glengarrif, County Cork. August 2008

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