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Maytenus

Celastraceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees

This genus of primarily South American natives has inconspicuous flowers and fruit.

Give well-drained soil. Disturbing the roots by cultivating may cause suckers to appear. Trees produce much side growth; remove unwanted branches along the trunk, or keep some of them for a multiple-trunk effect. May show partial defoliation after a cold snap, but recovery is rapid. Resistant to oak root fungus. Moderate to regular water; irrigate deeply to keep tree from rooting near the soil surface and invading planting beds.

Maytenus boaria
Maytenus boaria

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Maytenus boaria

From Chile. Graceful tree with narrow, 1–2-in.-long, light to medium green leaves. Resembles a small-scale weeping willow (Salix), with long, pendulous branchlets hanging down from branches. Slow to moderate growth to an eventual 30–50 ft. high and wide; 20 ft. tall by 15 ft. wide is typical at 12 years of age. For uniformity, plant cutting-grown trees of ‘Green Showers’; its weeping branchlets are densely clad with deep green leaves that are a little broader than those of the species.

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