Native to Southeastern Asia, Decaspermum fruticosum (Brown Myrtle) is a large shrub that grows 5-10 feet tall. It prefers full sun to semi-shade and regular to moderate water. It is relatively easy to care for and is more resistant to insects and diseases than many other plants. The plant blooms with beautiful light-colored pink, white, and off-white flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
For those living in USDA Zone 9-11, the Brown Myrtle is an ideal choice for a natural landscape. It can be grown in the ground or in a pot and is tolerant to various lighting and soil conditions. The plant requires well-draining soil and regular watering during hot weather. The topsoil should be kept moist but not soggy. In colder regions, Brown Myrtle should be grown in containers and brought inside for the winter. The container should be at least 8 inches in diameter and the plant should be watered regularly. For thriving growth, fertilize with a low-nitrogen liquid fertilizer once a month.