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common name: Myrtle, Temu
synonyms: Myrtus luma, Myrtus apiculata, Eugenia apiculata
shrub, evergreen, scented/aromatic
full sun, part shade
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 9 to 10
Vigorous, upright, bushy shrub or small tree with peeling cinnamon-brown and creamy-white bark. Aromatic, glossy dark green leaves, bronzy when young. Small cup-shaped, 5-petalled, white flowers from midsummer to autumn, followed by purple berries.
Needs a mild climate to thrive. Grow well near the coast if sheltered from cold winds. Any reasonably fertile, well drained soil in sun or light shade.
From seed, semi-ripe cuttings in late summer, or by layering.
Can be trimmed as a hedge in mild climate areas.
The berries are edible, although variable in taste and texture.
From Chile and Argentina