Myrtle bushes and trees are known for the big bunches of tiny flowers that appear on the end of their branches in the springtime. They come in an array of colors, ranging from stark white to deep red. If you're looking for a pink myrtle to add to your landscape, here are a few varieties to consider.
Osage myrtles are known for their medium-pink flowers. They grow to about 15 – 20 feet in height when mature, making them a good choice for the corner of a garden bed or an accent in the backyard. This variety of myrtle is highly resistant to mildew, black spot and other fungal diseases, making it a good choice to plant in moist areas. It doesn't even attract insects! In the fall, its leaves turn a vibrant shade of red. The osage myrtle requires full sunlight and blooms for months on end.
If you're looking for a slightly smaller variety of pink myrtle, try pecos. It reaches about 10 feet in height upon maturity, and like the osage, it is resistant to fungal infections. Pecos myrtle bushes are quite wide, so make sure you clear plenty of space around your bush to give it room to fill out. In the fall, the leaves turn a deep maroon. The bark of pecos myrtles peels somewhat, and while most people barely notice this trait, some homeowners find it irritating.
Pink lace myrtle trees have light pink flowers and grow to about 10 feet tall. As they are rather wide, you'll want to leave at least 8 - 10 feet between them if planting them in a row. They require full sunlight to thrive and have average water needs. Be careful not to over-water them, as this may lead to the development of mildew diseases. Pink lace myrtles have a very long bloom time, which lasts from mid-spring to mid-summer.
Seminole myrtles have salmon-colored flowers that deepen in color as they age. The bushes have a rounded shape and reach about 20 feet in height when mature, so make sure you plant them in an open, spacious area. Seminole myrtles offer good resistance to mildew, and in the fall, they turn bright yellow. Seminole myrtles only need occasional watering once they are established. They should be fertilized during their first growing season in order to encourage the development of a deep root system.
Myrtles look lovely around most any home, and pink is a versatile color that will coordinate with most landscapes. Remember to care for your myrtle properly if you want it to continue blooming bountifully each spring. This includes having it pruned annually, having it treated with fungicides when needed, and perhaps having it sprayed with a natural insecticide to keep away aphids and other pests.
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