myrtle Myrtaceae Myrtus communis
Leaf:Alternate, simple, evergreen, ovate, thick and leathery, entire margins, to 2 inches long; shiny dark green above, yellow green below; often tightly packed on the stems; fragrant when crushed.
Flower:Species is monoecious; white, five petalled, with long and numerous yellow-white stamens; appearing in late summer; fragrant.
Fruit:An aromatic blue-black berry to 1/2 inch, maturing in the fall.
Twig:Stiff, gray-brown, aromatic.
Bark:Red brown, initially brown and becoming scaly.
Form:A large shrub or small tree to 20 feet.