Calyptranthes Zuzygium

Myrtle of the river

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Myrtle of the river is a small tree or shrub, typically 15- 20 feet tall with a rounded, dense, shaggy, low branching crown; and a distinct forked branching habit. It has gray smooth bark. Furthermore, leaves are dark yellow green, opposite, smooth, elliptical, simple, entire, with short tapering tips and 1 – 3 inches long. Also, when leaves are crushed it expels a strong pleasant odor.

Flowers open via a hinged lid in the floral envelope, white to pink in color, with many stamens but no petals, borne in small clusters on long stalks at the angle of leaf and stem. Insect pollinators attracted to the flowers. Fruits are small, round, waxy, black, berries with a rim about 1/2 inch in diameter, edible but not palatable. Birds eat the fruits, which are used for propagation. In cultivation, the plant does best on well-drained but moist soils with organic matter. Myrtle of the river is easily pruned into a small tree or shrub and can be grown as a specimen tree in partial shade for its showy flowers and fruits. Groupings of 2 – 3 plants are suggested. The plant is endangered in the wild in florida.

Another name for Myrtle of the River is Syzygium nervosum

Additional information

Common Name

Myrtle of the river

Flowering Season


Salt Tolerance

Moderate Salt Tolerance

Drought Tolerance

Moderate Drought Tolerance

Light Requirements

Full Sun to Partial Shade

Flower Color

Pink, White


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