MYRTLE (הֲדַס). Found six times, sometimes as myrtle branches (
The myrtle is undoubtedly Myrtus communis. This grows abundantly in Pal. and particularly around the Lake of Galilee and near Samaria and Jerusalem. The tree is an evergreen, thirty ft. tall; the leaves are small, shiny, slightly-scented and leathery. The white or pinkish flowers are scented, and are followed by blue-black berries, which can produce a perfume.
Because they are evergreen, the boughs were used at the
The fascinating fragrance of Russian and Turkish leather comes from the fact that the roots and bark of myrtle are used during tanning.
The queens of England carry sprigs of myrtle in their wedding bouquets as a symbol of peace. Queen Esther’s Heb. name was Hadassah, or Myrtle.