Luma (Chilean Myrtle Berry)
An unusual evergreen tree to 15' or more in warmer areas, or dense shrub to 3' x 2' if it dies back to the ground each winter, with leaves like a huckleberry. The bark turns orange like madrone and peels off to reveal white to pink new bark. Clear white flowers with multiple white stamens appear generously in mid-summer, followed in fall by round, dark purple/black, 1/2 inch fruit with soft, translucent flesh, and an aromatic, juicy, sweet flavor. They are eaten fresh and also make a great cheese cake topping! We offer seedlings. Prune it to make an excellent hedge.
Plant two to assure pollination. From central and Southern Chile and Argentina. Favors sun and acidic, well-drained soil high in organic matter. Does not tolerate cold and/or drying winds.
USDA Zone: 8-10
Grow Height: 15'x 8', or 3' x 2'
Sun: Full Sun
Ripening Time: September
Pollination: 2 Required for Pollination