The most weeping of the weeping: Myoporum floribundum

I am obsessed with plants with a weeping habit or drooping foliage, some people find them sad and depressing looking but they are my favourite. There are many native plants with soft long leaves or gently falling branches, they can create dense screens, focal points or backdrops. Weeping foliage in a garden gives a relaxed informal feel, especially as it moves easily in a breeze.

Myoporum floribundum is perhaps one of the most droopy native plants I know of and at its most showy when in flower, its tiny white flowers cover the stems like light snow in spring and summer. A range of insects are attracted to the flowers and these in turn attract insectivorous birds.

Branches are spreading and leaves are very long and pendulous, they hang from the branches giving the plant a droopy and somewhat wilted appearance. This is far from the case as plants have proved to be hardy, drought resistant and tolerate frost.

Myoporum floribundum grows naturally in the coastal ranges of Victoria and southern NSW, in gullies and creek beds, where it enjoys a sheltered shaded position.

It will survive in full sun as long as water is given in prolonged dry periods, it also copes well with frost and colder climates.

I like planting it under the canopy of larger trees where it can pop its head up and be seen when in full bloom, if pruned it will thicken up to some extent and looks great planted with densely mounding shrubs like Baeckea virgata Dwarf for contrast. Mroporum floribundum is becoming rare in the wild and makes an excellent talking point in the garden so please consider it when you are looking for something more unusual and weeping of course!






12 replies on “The most weeping of the weeping: Myoporum floribundum”

  1. julie on

    Hi, I recently acquired a small Myoporum floribundum slender boobialla and am wondering if it is possible to grow this shrub in a large pot or tub.
    Thanks, Julie

  2. Jane Maxwell on

    this plant in my garden in mittagong is a native insect magnet, when in flower it thrums and quivers with native bees, flys, wasps, beetles and little grass blue butterflies

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Jane,

      Thanks for letting me know this is such an important plant for our native insects, I’ll add them to the tags.

      Happy Gardening!


  3. Marian Waayers on

    I have one and has finished flowering but since then doesnt look good. Its in a big pot ..whats the problem plse advise

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Marian,

      Are you able to send me a photo please?



      • Alice on

        Hi Kath,
        Beautiful read for such a beautiful plant.
        Have you had any experience transplanting these? I think the one I have in my garden would be better suited under a big eucalyptus, to promote a more dense growth as it’s getting a bit leggy.

        • Kath Gadd on

          Hi Alice,

          Apologies for the delayed response. If it’s been in the ground for less than 6 months it will probably be okay to transplant. Otherwise not. Pruning after flowering will help it develop dense growth and is your best option to tidy it up.

          Best of luck,

  4. Jacqui Griffin on

    Hello Kath.
    I have a lot of brown leaves on my Myoporum that appeared after a profusion of flowers. When it went into the ground, it grew exceeding quickly in not great heavy soil, It is in a full sun position in a tiered bed
    The top 3 feet is leggy. If I run my hands along the branch, the brown leaves and spent flowers (seedy bits) come away.
    Some sites say you can prune to shape, others say remove spent flowers and yet others say they resent pruning.
    Any advice please?
    Many Thanks

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Jacqui,

      Sorry for the delayed response. I admit I have not come across your situation before.

      One thing you might have already thought of is that the plant has become less resilient after its flowering season because it used up a lot of resources in that flower show. Another stress might be water logging if you’ve had a lot of rain recently and your heavy soil doesn’t drain well. The sunny spot shouldn’t be an issue but all of the resources I’ve checked indicate heavy pruning is a no go. So I would make sure to be very gentle with trimming if you decide to try that approach.

      Let me know how you go,

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Michael,

      I’ll admit I am not really sure the lifespan of M. floribundum and a bit of research isn’t shedding any more light on the matter. From its growth and distribution I get the sense it’s fairly short lived (maybe 7-10 years if looked after) but it could last longer.

      I will have to keep an eye out for it from now on,
      All the best,

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