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Myoporum laetum ‘Carsonii’ (photo courtesy of San Marcos Growers)
Myoporum laetum ‘Carsonii’ (photo courtesy of San Marcos Growers)

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Zones 8, 9, 14-17, 19-24
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Myoporum laetum

Scrophulariaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees, Decorative fruit or berries

MYOPORUM

These evergreen shrubs and trees produce bell-shaped flowers that are attractive at close range but not showy; fruit is small but colorful. Shiny dark green leaves have translucent dots. The plant is tough and fast growing.

Myoporum laetum

Temperatures below 24°F (–4°C) can cause severe damage to this shrub or tree. Native to New Zealand. Exceptionally fast growth to 30 ft. tall and 20 ft. wide. Densely clothed in rather narrow leaves. If allowed to grow naturally, it forms a billowing mass, but it can be trained as an attractive multitrunked tree. To use it as a groundcover, peg down branches so they’ll root and spread. Clusters of small white summer flowers with purple markings are followed by reddish purple fruits. Good seaside plant. Susceptible to myoporum thrips. ‘Clean ’n Green’ is a thrips-resistant variety similar to the species. ‘Compactum’ is a dense grower to 16 ft.; good choice for a tall hedge, with some resistance to thrips.

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