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Lophomyrtus bullata - (Sol. ex Cunn.)Burret.

Common Name
Family Myrtaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Coastal to montane forest, especially marginally, in North Island and occasionally in the north of South Island[44, 173].
Range New Zealand.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Lophomyrtus bullata


Lophomyrtus bullata

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Lophomyrtus bullata is an evergreen Shrub growing to 5 m (16ft) by 3 m (9ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 9. It is in leaf all year, in flower from May to June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Myrtus bullata.

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[177]. They taste very much like a guava when they are fully ripe[173]. The fruit is a many-seeded berry about 10mm in diameter[200].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in any soil of reasonably good quality[1]. Prefers a sheltered position in full sun in a moderately fertile well-drained soil enriched with leafmould[200, 260]. Plants are scarcely hardy at Kew but they succeed outdoors in the milder parts of the country[11], tolerating temperatures down to about -5°c[260]. Growth can be restricted by cutting the plant back in spring[188].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a warm greenhouse in late winter or early spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Give the plants some protection from the cold for at least their first winter outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in sand in a frame[200]. Cuttings of mature wood, late autumn in a frame[200]. Basal cuttings are used[200]. Layering.

Other Names

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AUSTRALASIA: New Zealand (North Island, South Island)

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Lophomyrtus x ralphii Shrub5.0 8-11  LMHNM20 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Author

(Sol. ex Cunn.)Burret.

Botanical References

1144200

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