Evergreen tropical bush. Valued for its brilliant red-copper coloured leaves during flowering and its bark which flakes off.
In a Mediterranean climate outside during the summer. The rest of the year protect against cold. In colder zones the whole year in a greenhouse.
Abundant in summer and moderate in winter.
From spring to autumn.
Every 2 or 3 years, in spring.
100% Akadama, or a mixture of Akadama with 20% of volcanic earth.
Pruning and nipping
At the beginning of spring.
Pinch when the branch has developed about 6 to 8 pairs of leaves, cutting the leaves at the top and leaving only two pairs.
In spring and summer.
In its zone of origin it produces an edible fruit whose taste is very similar to that of cherries. It is related to myrtle because of the odour of its leaves and its stem.