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Genus of 2 species of evergreen shrubs or small trees from scrub and woodland in in temperate South America.
They are closely related to myrtles, having more aromatic leaves. They thrive in coastal areas with warm summers, have attractive bark, flowers and sweet, edible fruit.
The large amounts of pollen attract bees.
EvergreenOpposite, oval or lance-shaped, leathery, dark-green leaves.
Full sunShelter from cold, drying winds.
Partial shadeLight, dappled shade.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowClosely related to Myrtus but have more aromatic leaves and flowers have 5 rather than 4 sepals and petals. Berries contain 4-6 hard, woody seeds. Grown for attractive bark, foliage and fragrant flowers.Pests & DiseasesNone.Place of originSouth America.
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soil
Buy Varieties of AMOMYRTUS
formerly Myrtus lechleriana - copper coloured young leaves and abundant clusters of creamy-yellow flowers in MAY which often cause the branches to sag. Edible berries