Myrsine africana

African Boxwood
African Boxwood
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Plant Type

Shrub

Evergreen-Deciduous

Evergreen

Overall Mature Size

Medium

Mature Height & Spread

4-8′ x 4-5′

Exposure

Full to partial sun

Water

Medium Water

Flower Color

Cream

Bloom Time

Spring

Special Features

Coastal Conditions, Shade Tolerant

Container Sizes

#1, #5

Natural Growth Habit

Oval

Sunset Garden Zones

8, 9, 14-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

11-Sep

Slow-growing evergreen shrub with an upright rounded growth-habit to 4-8’ tall x 4-5’ wide but can easily be maintained to a smaller size. This sturdy species is revered for its dense-growing glossy dark-green foliage that emerges with an attractive reddish-colored tint. Younger branches also exhibit this coloration. The densely-set aromatic foliage takes well to shearing and is most commonly used in the landscape as a clipped formal hedge. Tiny cream-colored flowers appear in spring but are inconspicuous. Female plants produce small light-purple-colored fruit though production can be inconsistent. Great as a formal hedge or un-pruned as an attractive deep-green backdrop to bright-colored shrubs or perennials. Also does well in containers. Prefers a well-drained soil. Low water needs once established. Full to partial sun.

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