BUK-sus bo-din-i-ER-i (bo-din-ee-E-ree)
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, to about 12-15 ft (~4-5 m) tall, many thin, upright flexible stems. Leaves opposite, simple, blade usually a spatulate shape, may be narrowly ovate or obovate, 2-4 cm long and 0.8-1.8 cm wide, thinly leathery, widest near apex, which is rounded or obtuse, usually with retuse tip (shallow notch in a round or blunt apex), base narrowly wedge-shaped (cuneate), upper side green and shining, midrib elevated. Flowers (both male and female) in small axillary clusters in spring. Fruit (capsule) globose, 5 mm long.
- Sun to part shade.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7? Native to China. Found in forests in hilly areas, mountain slopes; 400-2700 m elevation, south, central and eastern China, a well as northern Africa and western Asia.
- bodinieri: The species was described in 1913 by Augustin Abel Hector Léveillé (1887-1918), a French botanist and priest. He studied tens of thousands of specimens sent to his Académie by collectors in the Far East. The name honors Émile-Marie Bodinier (1842-1901), a French missionary and botanist who collected plants in China, some of which were later studied and/or described by Hector Léveillé.