Downy Rosemyrtle (Rhodomyrtus tomentosus)

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Downey Rosemyrtle 1

  • Evergreen, flowering shrub growing 3 - 12 feet tall;
  • Small, pinkish to rose colored flower;
  • Small, grape-size, blue-black fruit;
  • Gray to olive leaves.


  1. Bradenton south to Naples;
  2. Dry, upland areas.

Downey Rosemyrtle 2
Reasons it should be removed:

  1. Quickly invades native pinelands;
  2. Forms dense under story thickets that crowd out native plants;
  3. Seeds sprout easily.

Downey Rosemyrtle 3

Method of removal:

  1. Manual removal of seedlings;
  2. Chainsaw mature trees and treat stump with commercially available herbicide;
  3. Follow up visits are necessary to assure removal .

Content updated Date June 18, 2004

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