A great rarity in cultivation, this Chilean myrtle has classic small evergreen foliage, fairly similar to A. luma or Luma apiculata for instance, but narrow and elegantly twisted. Leaves emerge rich-red and when crushed they give a strong fragrance. Clouds of white flowers in late summer turn to small, dark-purple, aromatic fruits. An upright tree in the wild with highly attractive palest-cinnamon bark; here in the UK, so far, it has reached about 5m tall, making dense upright specimens. Exact hardiness unknown as yet, but proving hardy so far in the few places trying it.