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Pachysandra terminalis
Pachysandra terminalis

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Zones 2-10, 14-21, 31-43
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Pachysandra terminalis

Japanese Spurge
Buxaceae
Evergreen, Ground covers, Perennials

PACHYSANDRA

Spreading slowly but surely by underground runners, these are invaluable groundcovers for shady places. Compact growth and clean-looking, attractive foliage are their chief virtues. Spring flowers are not showy when viewed casually but are attractive at close range. Plants have somewhat woody growth, P. terminalis more so than P. procumbens. Compete successfully with tree roots. Give them moist, somewhat acid soil, well amended with organic material; for good coverage, plant both species 1 ft. apart. Too much sun yellows the foliage and causes poor growth. Hardy to cold.

Pachysandra terminalis
Pachysandra terminalis

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Pachysandra terminalis

Performs better in the northern part of the range. From Japan and northern China. Grows to 8–12 in. high. Evergreen leaves are shiny dark green, 2–4 in. long, look like they’ve been cut out with pinking shears; the upper half of each leaf is shallowly toothed. Small white flowers are borne in 1–2-in. spikes. Withstands heavy shade and is widely used under trees.

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