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Myrsine africana

  • Common Name
    African Boxwood
  • CA Native
    Non-native
  • Plant Type
    Shrub
  • Size
    3' - 8' x 4' - 5'
  • Flower Color
    Insignificant Flowers
  • Bloom Time
    N / A
  • Leaves
    Dark Green, Glossy
  • Evergreen
    Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Seldom Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    N / A
  • Growth Rate
    Slow
  • Hardiness
    Hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    None
  • Special Features
    • Low Maintenance
  • Water Use
    • Drought Tolerant
    • Low
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
    • Partial Shade
    • Shade
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Good Drainage
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    Myrsine africana is a small evergreen shrub that has a dense, rounded form. It can be substituted for the English boxwood that requires much more water. It looks good as a foundation shrub or a formal hedge. Can be kept at 3 -4 feet with moderate clipping. It is drought tolerant when established.

    Plant slightly above soil grade in either sun or part shade. Add amendments or well-aged compost to soil for a more robust plant. Mulch after planting.

    No significant diseases. It is susceptible to spider mites and occasionally scale.

  • Master Gardener Comments
    N / A
  • Varietals
    N / A