As delicate as a rose: Archirhodomyrtus beckleri

This small feature tree really would fit in nicely in a garden full of roses, lavender and other English cottage style plants. The tiny flowers remind me of the blooms on climbing rose bushes and this pretty rainforest tree has the sweetest common name of ‘Rose Myrtle’.

Archirhodomyrtus beckleri flowers profusely with plenty of pale pink dainty flowers in Spring through to Summer and can often be heard before it is seen as it is a favourite among the bee population.

It has shiny green leaves and a slightly weeping habit so even when not in flower it makes an elegant small feature tree. IT will grow happily unfairly heavy shade to full sun but does prefer a moist protected position due to its rainforest status.

Archirhodomyrtus beckleri grows from around 3 metres high up to 5 or 6m with a width of 3 or 4 metres. If it is given enough space and favourable conditions it makes a lovely small shade tree with pretty mottled bark. It can also be used as a screening plant either stand alone or planted as a hedge and kept trimmed.

The flowers are followed by an edible small orange fruit which isn’t particularly tasty, although the birds love them. The leaves are scented as are the flowers, helping to attract plenty of pollinating insects.

So apart from all of the Rose Myrtles beneficial characteristics listed above it is also extremely useful in combination with exotic species. If you are planting a mixed garden use this plant as it will not look out of place amongst foreign friends 😉

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