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Myoporum 'Compactum' - Compact Myoporum

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Myoporaceae (Now Scrophulariaceae)
Origin: New Zealand (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [M.laetum 'Compactum']
Parentage: (M. acuminatum cv?)
Height: 10-16 feet
Width: 6-12 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Myoporum 'Compactum' (Compact Myoporum) - This compact form of the Myoporum is similar to Myoporum laetum but has shorter internodes and smaller thicker leaves than Myoporum laetum 'Carsonii', the typical form of Coast Myoporum that is grown in California. Its white flowers with purple markings bloom in clusters in the summer. Plant in full sun. Irrigate little to occasionally. This selection was circulating in the California nursery trade in the late 1980s and then virtually disappeared. In 1984 San Marcos Growers planted a hedge of it around one section of our demonstration garden prior to deciding not to continue growing it due to a lack of customer interest. After numerous favorable comments regarding its tidy dense growth and lack of reseeding, we decided in 2001 to grow it once again. As with its big cousin this plant grows rapidly when given irrigation but is very drought resistant in coastal gardens once established. It can be trimmed hard and resprouts from hard wood but looks best if sheared to semi-hard wood on a regular basis (we do this annually). In 2006 in southern California Myoporum laetum and Myoporum 'Pacificum' (AKA 'South Coast') came under attack by a newly describes thrips, Klambothrips myopori, that came from coastal Eastern Australia. While this pest plagued our crops of Myoporum laetum 'Carsonii', causing us to stop producing it, this pest has not affected Myoporum 'Compacta', Myoporum 'Putah Creek' or Myoporum parvifolium. More information can also be found on our Myoporum Thrips PageThe information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted on this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in the nursery, plants in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Myoporum 'Compactum'.