This myrtle is a small, handsome shrub, valuable as an ornamental plant as well as for its fruit. The leaves are elliptic or obovate, obtuse, 1 to 2 1/2 inches long. The rose-pink flowers are followed by round fruits somewhat resembling a large black currant in size and character. The downy myrtle (sometimes called hill-gooseberry) is probably best known in southern India, where it occurs commonly in the mountains. It is said by H. F. Macmillan to succeed in Ceylon only at high elevations. It is grown also in southern China, and to a very limited extent in Florida and California. It withstands several degrees of frost. The fruits are said to make excellent pies, and they may also be eaten out of hand. Sir Joseph Hooker says that they are used in India to prepare a jam called theonti. The plant is not particular regarding soil, and is readily propagated by means of seeds, which should be sown in flats of light soil and covered to a depth of 1/8 inch. The botanical name Myrtus tomentosa, Aiton, is sometimes given it. Everything considered, the downy myrtle should repay wider cultivation than it receives at present.