Definition of myrtle
1a : a common evergreen bushy shrub (Myrtus communis of the family Myrtaceae, the myrtle family) of southern Europe with oval to lance-shaped shiny leaves, fragrant white or rosy flowers, and black berriesb : any of the chiefly tropical shrubs or trees comprising the myrtle family
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Removing the seed forming stems from crape myrtles encourages more growth and flowers.
Planted in the garden are shrubs of myrtle, a gift from Prince Albert’s grandmother in Germany.
Answer: This is not uncommon for young, fast-growing crape myrtle trees (Lagerstroemia).
The pōhutukawa, a species of myrtle that erupts with fiery crimson flowers during warm weather, is one of New Zealand’s most iconic trees.
Ortho Grass B Gon will take care of the grass and not harm the myrtle.
Bark is a dead tissue, and as the crape myrtle’s trunk grows larger, the bark pops loose and peels off.
Yankee Point’ Carmel creeper (Ceanothus griseus horizonalis), multi-trunk ‘Dynamite’ crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia Whit II), blue oat grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens), ‘Bush Gold’ kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos), ‘
Remove sprouts from the base of crape myrtle, maple and similar trees.
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Origin and Etymology of myrtle
Middle English mirtille, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin myrtillus, from Latin myrtus, from Greek myrtos
First Known Use: 1562See Words from the same year
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Definition of myrtle for English Language Learners
: a type of small tree that has sweet-smelling white or pink flowers and black berries
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