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Xylosma congestum

Flacourtiaceae
Deciduous, Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees

Native to China. Basic landscape foliage plant. Loose, spreading growth 8 to 10 ft. tall and as wide or wider. Shiny yellowish green leaves are ovate with pointed tips, 1/2 to 3 in. long; new growth is bronzy. Flowers are insignificant and rarely seen. Some plants are spiny. Left alone, Xylosma develops an angular main stem that takes its time zigzagging upward. Meanwhile, long, graceful side branches develop; these are arching or drooping, sometimes lying on the ground.

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