AppearanceThe plant is an evergreen shrub or small tree, growing to 5 metres tall. The leaves are 2–5 centimetres long, with a fragrant essential oil.
The flowers are white or tinged with pink, with five petals and many stamens that protrude from the flower. The fruit is a berry, blue-black when ripe.
This species, and the more compact ''M. communis'' subsp. ''tarentina''
have won the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
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