Dwarf Myrtle (Myrtus communis 'Compacta')


Dwarf Myrtle

Myrtus communis 'Compacta'

  • Medium shrub / Evergreen
  • Best plant for formal hedges
  • Small white blooms Spring
  • Easy to prune into unique shapes

Dwarf Myrtle is native to the Mediterranean and a favorite landscape plant in Houston for many reasons! Myrtus communis 'Compacta' has a compact form, so we like to plant them as a low hedge and for use in a foundation planting. It features creamy white flowers that bloom in the spring and the green foliage reveals a pleasant fragrance when the leaves are crushed. In fact, in ancient Rome, Myrtle was often sheared regularly to release the fragrant oils. Let it grow naturally or shear it, either way, they make an excellent background or formal and informal hedge. Also, Dwarf Myrtle is ideal for anyone looking for a simple, low maintenance foundation plant for fence lines or walls!

Homeowners and landscapers alike love that they can easily prune Dwarf Myrtle into unique shapes. They like to grow in a location that gets plenty of full sun exposure and once established; this water-wise plant requires little to moderate watering. They have a slow growth rate, so buy as big as you can if you want to add an instant hedge or bring natural maturity to your site. We recommend feeding with fertilizer for the best development. At Big Tex Tree Nursery, we carry the ideal fertilizers for treating Houston’s dense soil, so be sure to pick some up while you are here!

You can find these useful ancient evergreens with a distinctive aroma at Big Tex Tree Nurseries. We are the growers that have been growing Dwarf Myrtle for over 20 years, and we grow them from our premium quality specimens to assure the best-quality in all of Texas! Visit us today, and we can help you handpick all that you need to increase property value with a beautiful landscape.


Lush dark green foliage

Full to partial sun

Cold Hardy