Myoporum floribundum, the Slender Myoporum, is a rather sparse shrub that reaches a height of two metres in our cold climate garden.
Branches are spreading and leaves are long and up to 13 centimetres long. They hang from the branches giving the plant a “wilted” appearance. This is far from the case as plants have proved to be hardy, drought resistant and tolerate frost. The foliage has a rather sour smell when wet.
Flowers are an outstanding feature. In spring and summer branches become covered with masses of small white flowers. The blooms are well displayed on the upper side of branches.
The Slender Myoporum is considered to be rare with a wide range but sparse populations in south eastern New South Wales. Some populations are protected in reserves.
Myoporum floribundum is the ideal plant for inclusion in shrubberies.
A range of insects are attracted to the flowers and these in turn attract insectivorous birds. The image shows a beetle visiting the massed floral display.
This is one native plant that resents pruning. We keep the secateurs away and allow the plants to do their own thing.
Myoporum floribundum has proved to be one of the easiest native plants to propagate from cuttings.
In the 1800s the species was originally known as Disoon floribundus.