Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Paxistima myrsinites (Oregon Boxleaf, Falsebox)

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants

Class

 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons

Subclass

 Rosidae

Order

 Celastrales

Family

 Celastraceae Bittersweet family

Genus

 Paxistima Raf. paxistima

Species

 Paxistima myrsinites (Pursh) Raf. Oregon boxleaf

This low evergreen native is similar to Japanese holly and boxwood.

It grows prostrate to 3' high, with dark, leathery leaves 1" across and tiny red flowers.

Found on dry, rocky slopes from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific coast, it is hardy in USDA zones 3-9.

In the wild, Oregon Box provides valuable winter browse for wildlife.

For the garden, select a sunny to partially shaded site and ensure excellent drainage.

Used around conifers, borders and paths, Oregon Box provides year-round greenery with little to no watering and care.

   
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