Myrsine africana

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African Boxwood

 
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Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor        Photographer: Steve Mullany/Dave Ryden

 

Description

This African boxwood is a small, slow-growing shrub with small green leaves set on vertical, dark red stems. It can be grown in the sun or shade, and is good as a foundation plant or a low hedge.

 

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Shrub

 

Height Range

3-6'

 

Flower Color

n/a

 

Flower Season

n/a

 

Leaf Color

Dark Green

 

Bark Color

n/a

 

Fruit Color

n/a

 

Fruit Season

n/a

Sun

Full, Half

 

Water

Low

 

Growth Rate

Moderate

 

Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular

 

Soil Condition

Average

 

Soil pH

Neutral

 

Adverse Factors

n/a

Design Styles

Formal, Spanish

 

Accenting Features

n/a

 

Seasonal Interest

n/a

 

Location Uses

Foundation, Swimming Pool, Walls / Fences

 

Special Uses

Erosion Control, Filler, Hedge, Screen, Topiary

 

Attracts Wildlife

n/a

Water Saving Tip:

Water between sunset and sunrise when temperatures and wind are the lowest.