Chilean Myrtle Berry
Known in Chile as Arrayán or Palo Colorado, and often called by its genus name, “Luma”, here in North America. With its delicate and fragrant waxy foliage, contorted, muscular orange trunks, and peeling bark Chilean Myrtle Berry is one of the most gorgeous species in the myrtle family! It’s one of the first woody species to colonize an area after ground disturbance, along with Maqui berry, in southern Chile. Fast-growing, it can eventually reach 30 feet but can be kept a manageable size with pruning. Abundant white flowers are followed by deep purple myrtle berries perfect for fresh eating, jams, smoothies, or cheesecake.
While we’ve often seen seedlings of Luma apiculata available from other nurseries, the clone that we grow was selected at the North Willamette Research Station for its exceptional cold hardiness and large fruit. So far we’ve never even had a burnt branch tip while other plants around the region have died completely during hard frosts. This clone has proven itself hardy to at least 10ºF.
Latin Name: Luma apiculata, syn. Myrtus luma
Site and Soil: 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Rootstock Description: Self-rooted
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile.
Hardiness: Hardy to approx. 10° F or lower when established
Bearing Age: 2 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 15-30 ft. in height
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: October
Yield: 5-6 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Chilean Myrtle is not bothered by pests and diseases.
USDA Zone: 8