Known in Chile as Arrayán or Palo Colorado, and often called by its genus name “Luma” here in North America, Chilean Myrtle Berry is one of the most gorgeous species in the myrtle family, with its delicate and fragrant waxy foliage, contorted, muscular orange trunks, and peeling bark. 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. Hardy to around 10-15ºF., USDA zone 8b.
Latin Name: Luma apiculata
Site and Soil: Chilean Myrtle Berry likes 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Rootstock Description: Self-rooted
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile.
Hardiness: Chilean Myrtle Berry is 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: 8b