Paxistima myrtifolia
Common name: 
Oregon Boxwood
Mountain Lover
Pronunciation: 
paks-ISS-ti-ma mur-ti-FO-lee-a
Family: 
Celastraceae
Genus: 
Synonyms: 
Paxistima myrsinites
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
Yes
  • Evergreen shrub, 8-36 inches (20-90 cm) tall, sometimes higher, prostrate, spreading.  Twigs 4-angled (squarish in cross-section).  Leaves opposite, simple, broadly ovate to elliptic or obovate, 1-3 cm long, finely serrate to entire, leathery, light green.  Flowers small, red-brown.  Fruit white, 8 mm long.
  • Sun (more compact) to part shade, well-drained, light, slightly acid soil.  Easy to keep low by pruning.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 5      Native to the mountains from British Columbia to California.
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  • plant habit, in forest

    plant habit, in forest

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    plant habit

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    foliage

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    leafy shoot

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    leafy shoots with buds