Downy Rosemyrtle
Rhodomyrtus tomentosa

Family: Myrtaceae (mir-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rhodomyrtus (roh-doh-MIR-tus) (Info)
Species: tomentosa (toh-men-TOH-suh) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Evergreen

Bronze-Green

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Veined

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

West Palm Beach, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Nov 17, 2005, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Seed collecting is not recommending because the birds already do an excellent job of spreading this very invasive plant, and they don't need any help from humans.

It was brought to Florida as an ornamental, but like so many exotics we bring in because we think they are pretty, there are no natural controls in our desirable climate. They just reproduce and take over natural areas with huge thickets, allowing nothing else to grow. They are fire resistant, so can't be burned out. Fire only encourages them by killing off their competition and giving them more space to grow.

I should mention that the leaf surface is shiny but the backs are downy, which explains the foliage description.

They are a Category I Exotic Pest Plant in Florida, especially... read more