Dwarf Myrtle (Myrtus communis ‘Compacta’)


Dwarf Myrtle

Myrtus communis ‘Compacta’

Myrtle was a favorite garden plant of ancient Rome, where it was prized for its fragrant foliage. Today, here in the Southwest, the Dwarf Myrtle, Myrtus communis ‘Compacta’, is a popular, compact evergreen shrub that’s also valued for its use as a low to medium hedge and foundation. From the Mediterranean, Myrtle was held sacred by the Greco-Romans who dedicated it to Venus, the goddess of love. In Southern California, we love to plant them in tight rows, creating a thick privacy screen that’s ideal for porches, patios, and border lines. We love the many landscape uses of this particular variety! It’s a very useful shrub and can bring value to any property, whether sheared or grown naturally.

Dwarf Myrtle ‘Compacta’ has a slow growth rate and grows well with full to partial sun exposures. It’s a water-wise plant that’s both heat and cold hardy with low to moderate water requirements once established. In early to mid-spring, it can also bloom small, creamy white flowers that are a nice-looking complement to its green foliage colors. We love to plant them in any SoCal landscape that could use some color, style and privacy - it works well in city gardens, as well as Mediterranean and drought-resistant landscapes. It’s also perfectly fine to grow them in pots and containers, too, where it can beautify patios and swimming pool areas. Some people like to crush the leaves, which can release the fragrant oils into the air, creating a relaxing area in the comfort of one’s own yard!

If you’re looking for a low maintenance shrub that blends in beautifully with a variety of other plants and landscape styles, consider the excellent Dwarf Myrtle. We can always help you with your landscape design goals and are happy to show you our shrubs custom-grown from our premium quality specimens. We’ve been growing our heathier, hardier, and better looking shrubs for over 20 years - we can assure their quality!

  • Compact, tightly branched evergreen
  • Slow growing
  • Works well in Mediterranean and drought-resistant landscapes
  • Can be used as a thick privacy screen ideal for porches, patios, and border lines.
  • Myrtus was grown in ancient Pompeii evidenced by colorful painted murals of garden scenes featuring plants in bloom.


Lush dark green foliage

Full to partial sun

Cold Hardy