Rhodomyrtus tomentosa can be used for bonsai and makes a large shrub, growing 5-10 feet tall. This plant prefers full sun exposure and will tolerate semi-shade. It also needs regular water in order to thrive. It blooms from spring to summer with small pink flowers, and is a great attraction for butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators.
This plant is usually grown in USDA Zone 9-11. In the cooler regions, it is best grown in a pot and moved indoors during cold weather. Rhodomyrtus tomentosa is a fairly productive species, producing plenty of fruits per season. The fruit is round and soft, with a distinct purple hue. The fruit is edible and very nutritious, packed with antioxidants and vitamins. It has many uses as well, including being used to make jam, pies and jellies.
Rhodomyrtus tomentosa is also known for its many health benefits. The contains dietary fiber, calcium, vitamin C and iron, which are all essential for our well-being. The fruit also contains anthocyanins, carotenoids, polyphenols, flavonoids and tannins, which are known to strengthen the immune system and reduce inflammation. The antioxidants present in the fruit can help protect against oxidative stress, cardiovascular disease and cancer.