Botanical Name: Myrsine africana
 Common Name: African Boxwood
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Shrub

 

Height Range

3-6'

 

Flower Color

 

Flower Season

 

Leaf Color

Dark Green

 

Bark Color

 

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

Design Styles

Formal, Spanish

 

Accenting Features

 

Seasonal Interest

 

Location Uses

Foundation, Swimming Pool, Walls / Fences

 

Special Uses

Erosion Control, Filler, Hedge, Screen, Topiary

 

Attracts Wildlife

Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor

Photographer: Steve Mullany/Dave Ryden

  • Description

  • Notes

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 Avail. in 1G., 5G., 15G.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.