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Plant Guide

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
Leaves
Dark Green, Glossy
Evergreen
Evergreen
Deer Resistant
Seldom Damaged
Wildlife Value
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.

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