Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- 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. Loss in heavy clay soils is common, root rot is suspected.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 Native to the mountains from British Columbia to California.
- Taxonomy: Paxistima myrsinites is the accepted name of the World Flora Online and the ITIS, other names used are Pachistima myrsinites and Paxistima mertifolia. A memory device for Pachistima; "pa-kissed-ma".
- myrsinites: myrsine, Greek name for myrtle, -ites, resembling