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Paxistima

Celastraceae
Evergreen, Shrubs

Low-growing shrubs prized for small, shiny, leathery leaves. Flowers are insignificant. Hardiness and compact habit make them useful as low hedges, edgings, or groundcover in cold-winter areas. Lower stems root when they contact the soil. Best in well-drained soil.

Paxistima canbyi
Paxistima canbyi

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Paxistima canbyi

Native to the mountains of the eastern U.S. Slowly makes a mat to 1 ft. high and 3–5 ft. wide. Narrow, dark green leaves grow to about 3/4 in. long.

Paxistima myrtifolia (photo courtesy of Mark Turner)
Paxistima myrtifolia (photo courtesy of Mark Turner)

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Paxistima myrtifolia

Native to the mountains of the West. Dense plant of variable habit; may be nearly prostrate or as tall as 4 ft. Spreads about 4 ft. Growth is more compact in sun. Leaves are dark green above, paler beneath.

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