LUMA (Myrceugenella) apiculata. Arrayan. Chile and Argentina. A shrubby myrtle ally with many uses in California. Left alone, it is a roughly vase-shaped shrub or small tree, growing 10 to 20 or a little more. Its smooth, tan bark stands in dramatic contrast to the deep, glossy green of the leaves. The latter are about 1 long, broadly oval in outline and convex. They show attractive bronze tints in new growth. In summer it is sprinkled with small 5-petalled cream-white flowers which show the same dense brushes of stamens as the true myrtles (Myrtus). These are followed by small berries which turn nearly black when mature. Luma is a plastic shrub, easily formed by judicious pruning but well-behaved with little maintenance. It can be a specimen shrub, patio tree or part of a tall shrubby screen or border. It thrives in sun and most soils, with moderate to occasional watering. Hardy to 20oF. or less.