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Paxistima

Celastraceae
Evergreen, Shrubs

Low-growing shrubs with small, shiny, leathery leaves and insignificant flowers. Hardiness and compact habit make them useful as low hedges, edgings, ground cover in cold-winter areas. Best in well-drained soil.

Paxistima canbyi
Paxistima canbyi

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Paxistima canbyi

Native to mountains of eastern U.S. Slowly makes a mat to 1 ft. high, 3 to 5 ft.wide. Narrow, dark green leaves grow 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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