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Myrtus communis


Myrtus communis, the common myrtle, is a species of flowering plant in the myrtle family Myrtaceae. It is an evergreen shrub native to southern Europe, north Africa, western Asia, Macaronesia, and the Indian Subcontinent, and also cultivated.<ref>Template:Citation</ref>

It is one of the four species used by Jews in their religious rituals on the festival of Sukkot.

For uses, see Myrtus.


The plant is an evergreen shrub or small tree, growing to Template:Convert tall.<ref name=CF>Template:Citation</ref> The leaves are Template:Convert long, with a fragrant essential oil.<ref name=CF/>

The flowers are white or tinged with pink, with five petals and many stamens that protrude from the flower.<ref name=CF/> The fruit is a berry, blue-black when ripe.<ref name=CF/>

This species,<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> and the more compact M. communis subsp. tarentina<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> have won the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>