An evergreen shrub from the Mediterranean and Middle East, myrtle has long been used as a symbol of love. It has dark green, glossy leaves, and in early summer it bears small white flowers that develop into edible purplish berries. Myrtle can be sheared or pruned frequently, making it an excellent choice for hedges and topiaries. Avoid overwatering the plant; it often develops yellow leaves if the soil is excessively wet.
More varieties for myrtle
Myrtus communis 'Boetica' gets it name from the contorted growth of its trunk and branches, which grow 6-10 feet tall and 4-8 feet wide. Its dark green leaves are cupped, and because they have almost no petiole, they appear to hug the stem. Like other myrtles, it has fragrant white flowers and foliage that is aromatic when crushed. Zones 8-11
Myrtus communis 'Variegata' has the same aromatic white flowers and fragrant foliage as the species, but its leaves have creamy-white margins. The dash of white brightens the landscape and provides a wonderful contrast to the ripening berries. Variegated myrtle eventually grows 8-10 feet tall. Zones 8-11