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Rhodomyrtus tomentosa, Myrtus canescens, Myrtus tomentosa, Rhodomyrtus parviflora, Rose Myrtle, Downy Myrtle

Rhodomyrtus tomentosa, Myrtus canescens, Myrtus tomentosa, Rhodomyrtus parviflora

Rose Myrtle, Downy Myrtle
Family: Myrtaceae
Origin: Southeast Asia
Can be used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEdible

Rhodomyrtus tomentosa also known as Rose Myrtle is a flowering plant in the family Myrtaceae, native to southern and southeastern Asia, from India, east to southern China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Philippines, and south to Malaysia and Sulawesi. It grows in coasts, natural forest, riparian zones, wetlands, moist and wet forests, bog margins.

The flowers are solitary or in clusters of two or three, 1-2" in diameter, with five petals which are tinged white outside with purplish-pink or all pink.

The fruit is edible, purple, round, soft.

Common names include Ceylon hill gooseberry (English), Downy myrtle (English-Florida), Downy rose myrtle (English-Florida), Feijoa (French), Hill gooseberry (English), Hill guava (English), Isenberg bush (English-Hawaii), Myrte-groseille (French), Kemunting (Malaysia), Gangrenzi (China) and Rose myrtle (English-Florida).

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