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Myoporum parvifolium 'White' ('Prostratum')

Creeping Myoporum
  • Plant Type:
  • Ground Cover, Shrub
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Evergreen
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Small
  • Also Grown As:
  • Bush
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 3-6" x 9'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Spreading
  • Native To:
  • Australia/New Zealand
  • Exposure:
  • Full Sun
  • Water:
  • Medium Water, Low Water
  • Flower Color:
  • White
  • Bloom Time:
  • Summer
  • Special Features:
  • Deer Resistant, Desert Conditions, Drought Resistant, Seacoast Conditions
  • Container Sizes:
  • #1, #5
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • 8, 9, 12-24


Among our most sought-after evergreen shrubs, Myoporum parvifolium is a low-growing Australian native that dependably and rapidly covers a 9 foot space with greenery 3-6 inches high. Rooting where it touches the soil, this is an excellent choice for slopes or hillsides where traffic is low to non-existent. In the spring, small white flowers appear and last throughout the summer, followed by inconsequential dark berry fruits. Best used in Sunset Garden Climate Zones 8, 9, and 12-24, it enjoys full sun and moderate to little water once established. Too much water will prove fatal. Its tiny but numerous leaves are densely placed on woody branches. A favorite at the coast and in desert regions, it is fire defensible, able to survive the ravages of this otherwise devastating element.