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Products > Myoporum laetum Clean n Green ['WCN 01'] PP23,163
Myoporum laetum Clean n Green ['WCN 01'] PP23,163 - Thrips Resistant Coast 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
Height: 20-30 feet
Width: 10-20 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Myoporum laetum Green N Clean ['WCN 01'] PPAF (Thrips Resistant Coast Myoporum) - A fast growing evergreen large shrub or tree that quickly forms a screen that can reach 30 feet tall and 20 feet wide and holds leaves all the way to its base. Small white flowers with purple markings bloom in clusters in the summer, followed by reddish purple fruits. Plant in full sun for the best results - tolerates light shade but grows less dense. It is drought tolerant and hardy to about 25 degrees F. This is a new thrips-resistant selection of the popular hedging plant that has long been the first choice for a fast growing hedge and for beachside plantings where it grows large and responds well to pruning and shaping. In 2006 Myoporum laetum in California came under attack by Klambothrips myopori, a species of thrips from coastal Eastern Australia that badly disfigured the new foliage. More on this pest can be found on our Myoporum Thrips page. While there have been some other resistant Myoporum cultivars, such as our Myoporum 'Compacta', Myoporum 'Putah Creek' and Myoporum parvifolium 'Pink', there has not been a replacement for the larger more lush Myoporum laetum 'Carsonii', that most nurseries (we included) discontinued growing because of this problem. Luckily observant Santa Barbara area nurseryman Doug Zylstra, of West Covina Wholesale Nursery, noticed a Myoporum laetum 'Carsonii' in a landscape that was unaffected by this pest and he took cuttings of it. The plant remained clean and he further tested its resistance by putting the plant in the middle of infested plants, even covering the plant with thrips laden cuttings. This plant, now under review for a US Plant Patent, has been named Myoporum 'Green N Clean'. It is being marketed by West Covina Wholesale Nursery and PlantHaven. Our plants purchased from West Covina Nursery in Goleta. 

This information about Myoporum laetum Clean n Green ['WCN 01'] PP23,163 displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.