Scientific Name: Paxistima myrsinites
Common Name: Oregon boxwood, false box
Family Name: Celastraceae
Origin: B.C. west of Cascades, U.S. - northwest, U.S. - southwest
Hardiness Zone: Zone 6: (-23 to -18 °C)
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Mature Size: 0.7 - 1.3m x 1.5 - 2.0m (height x width)
Habit: Horizontal, Spreading
Form: Creeping / Mat-like
Texture: Medium - fine
Landscape Uses: Medicinal plant, Perennial border, Rock garden, Wildlife food
Exposure: Part sun/part shade, Filtered shade
Soil or Media: Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Opposite, Sessile, Leathery, Lustrous, Oblanceolate, Oblong, Ovate, Serrulate
Flowers: Flowers clustered, Red, Brown, Jun-Jul-Aug
Fruit: Capsule, Green, Brown, Sep-Oct
Key ID Features:
Stems with four-angled branches; leaves roughly 1-3 centimeters long, thick, leathery, toothed, apex pointed or round-tipped, petiole absent or very short; flowers flattened, petals dark red, oval, 1mm long; fruit an oblong capsule to 1cm long with usually one seed in each of its two valves; seed dark, shiny, and partly covered in a white aril.