Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Paxistima myrsinites (Pursh) Raf.
Mountain lover, Myrtle boxwood, Oregon boxleaf
Celastraceae (Bittersweet Family)
Oregon boxleaf is a shiny, low-statured shrub,
8 in.- 2 ft. high, with small, glossy, dark-green leaves arrayed in pairs along ascending branches. The tiny, maroon flowers, appearing in the spring to the South and in summer to the North, are borne in axillary
clusters. They are not conspicuous, but the evergreen
leaves are attractive both in summer and winter.
Mountain Lover is a member of the staff tree
or bittersweet family (family Celastraceae), which includes shrubs, woody vines, and mostly small trees. Widespread, about 700 species; 7 native tree
species and several shrub
species in North America.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Green , Purple , Brown
AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , OR , TX , UT , WA , WY Canada: AB
, BC Native Distribution:
Rockies from Alt. to NM, w. to B.C. & CA Native Habitat:
Open woods; rocky glades; ridge tops USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Well-drained, rich soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available