Myrtus





MYRTUS COMMUNIS.--Common Myrtle. South Europe, 1597. A well-known shrub,

which, unless in very favoured spots and by the sea-side, cannot survive

our winters. Where it does well, and then only as a wall plant, this and

its varieties are charming shrubs with neat foliage and an abundance of

showy flowers. The double-flowered varieties are very handsome, but they

are more suitable for glass culture than planting in the open.



M. LUMA (_syn Eugenia apiculata_ and _E. Luma_).--Chili. Though

sometimes seen growing out of doors, this is not to be recommended for

general planting, it being best suited for greenhouse culture.



M. UGNI (_syn Eugenia Ugni_).--Valdivia, 1845. A small-growing,

Myrtle-like shrub, that is only hardy in favoured parts of the country.

It is of branching habit, with small, wiry stems, oval, coriacious

leaves, and pretty pinky flowers. The edible fruit is highly ornamental,

being of a pleasing ruddy tinge tinted with white. This dwarf-growing

shrub wants the protection of a wall, and when so situated in warm

seaside parts of the country soon forms a bush of neat and pleasing

appearance.





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