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Vick, Albert F. W.
Leiophyllum buxifolium (Berg.) Ell.
USDA Symbol: lebu
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A small, delicate, evergreen shrub of great variability in the wild. A low, upright, widely branching, evergreen shrub with crowded, leathery leaves and small, pink or pinkish-white flowers in dense clusters. Usually a dense shrub 1 1/2-3 ft. high in cultivation. Slender stems bear dark, lustrous green leaves which become bronzy in cold weather. Rose-colored flower buds open to white flowers tipped with pink in small, terminal clusters.
The genus name is from the Greek leios (“smooth”) and phyllon (“leaf”). The species name also refers to the leaves, which are similar to those of boxes (Buxus).
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun
GA , KY , NC , NJ , PA , SC , TN Native Distribution:
Mts. & lower piedmont of the Carolinas; also barrens of NJ Native Habitat:
Dry, sandy barrens; thin, moist mt. woods USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, acid sand/peat soil.
Conditions Comments: A variable species, usually divided into three varieties. Does not tolerate drought. No serious disease or insect problems.
Increase with seeds under a mist tent, root cuttings, layering, or stem
cuttings. Seed Collection:
Not Available Seed Treatment:
Not Available Commercially Avail:
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff