Myoporum parvifolium advice?

desertdenial(Chandler, AZ)September 30, 2005

Is there anything I should know before I plant myoporum in my front yard? I have heard mixed advice about it. It seems like a easy plant to grow in full sun, but some say the roots can be extremely invasive or that insects are hard to control.

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judy_b(AZ zone 9)

My advice is to be very sure you want it and be prepared to stop it from going where you don't. I didn't have a problem with insects. I would have appreciated help in keeping it under control. ;-) The roots will invade any area where you are watering, and they are not tiny little things.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2005 at 8:10PM
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desertdenial(Chandler, AZ)

It is going into a large area where all there is are trees & dirt. Thanks for the advice, Judy.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2005 at 5:12PM
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gem1(w.phx 9)

I'd have to second that thought about being very sure you want it. It goes crazy - and although I didn't have too much of a problem with other insects, the flys were unbelievable! Even my 12 year old noticed that the flys were hatching under there, so bad this year that I am yanking all of mine out.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2005 at 10:29PM
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desertdenial(Chandler, AZ)

white flies or flies flies?

    Bookmark   October 4, 2005 at 1:38PM
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gem1(w.phx 9)

FLIES!!! Millions of them-

    Bookmark   October 4, 2005 at 1:47PM
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drygulch(z9 AZ)

Weird. If they are house flies, then something must have crawled under the myoporum and died. I've never run across maggots that ate anything but meat.

One thing that I've noted since moving to the area is the scarcity of house flies.

Is there a bad odor in the area?

    Bookmark   October 4, 2005 at 2:34PM
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Pagancat(Phoenix, AZ)

Flies sure seems to like animal waste; no meat there.... ??

    Bookmark   October 4, 2005 at 2:56PM
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gem1(w.phx 9)

No odors, and nothing dead. Probably not really "hatching" under there, but they sure do like it enough - we always have lots of flies around there and mine is right at the corner of driveway and porch. Very inconvenient spot for flies.
I did see something on t.v. one time that scorpions like to live under them, but I have not found one under mine, at least not yet.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2005 at 3:12PM
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drygulch(z9 AZ)

Pagancat,

Flies like animal waste for food (ugghh!), or it seems that way, at least, but I've never encountered maggots (baby flies) in anything but a dead carcass.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2005 at 11:58AM
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desertdenial(Chandler, AZ)

I will be sure not to fetilize with manure.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2005 at 4:55PM
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Miss_Chybil(AZ 9 Sunset 13)

I have large patch of myoporum out front and no flies are in it.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2005 at 10:40AM
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kelljane

We are considering planting Myoporum on our bank (which receives full sun)and would like advice. We have poor soil, but this plant was recommended by a landscaper. I'm concerned about it being too invasive. Are there other pros and cons? Is it that hard to control? Would it be attractive on a bank? How high does it grow (we'd like something which grows fairly low to the ground. Is anyone very pleased with it? Or, is there an alternative small plant or groundcover which doesn't require a lot of water or care which would be good for a bank?

    Bookmark   June 4, 2008 at 9:42PM
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jkochan(Z9b)

Myoporum will spread out from a central root in all directions. If there is moist ground where it is spreading out it will attempt to put down roots as it spreads. If you give it adequate water at the central root point it won't root on the radial branches as much. In my experience it is easy to control. ItÂs a plant that is easily controlled with water. Just keep the edges trimmed back. The tallest mine ever got was about 12" high and the one plant grew to be about 10' across in all directions with a single dripper on the central root area. When I decided to remove it, 90% of the plant came up as one large mat. The other pieces and small roots and came out easily. The stems can be brittle, so it doesnÂt take heavy traffic, but will stand up to occasional traffic well. Any ground cover in Arizona that supplies shade will have a community of fauna that take advantage of it. I never had major problems with any type of infestation, but then, we have a regular pest control program and we stick to it. We live in a scorpion area and we treat to keep their food supply in check. It was by far the most maintenance free ground cover for the location that IÂve planted. I removed it to plant wildflowers, which in retrospect may have been a mistake. Cleaning up after the wildflowers die back, is a lot more work that the occasional trim job on the myoporum. Just my observations. FWIW :-)

    Bookmark   June 10, 2008 at 12:15PM
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dlg421

Most of the problems with myoporum result from too much water. Excess water results in rampant, weak growth. After becoming established it requires almost no supplemental water. I have an area of myoporum that has been in for 15 years. I do not water it. It is green and healthy, but does not spread much nor get too tall.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2008 at 4:00PM
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kenwolt_gmail_com

We live in Las Vegas, and have a Rabbit problem. Our landscaper suggested Myoporum as a ground cover. Anybody have a problem with Rabbits in Phoenix?

    Bookmark   June 1, 2011 at 1:34PM
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devillezconsultant_yahoo_com

Do the shoots from the plant die off in bunches that will leave bare spots

    Bookmark   June 4, 2011 at 1:03PM
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