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Paxistima canbyi (Canby's mountain-lover)
Makin, Julie

Paxistima canbyi

Paxistima canbyi A. Gray

Canby's mountain-lover

Celastraceae (Bittersweet Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: paca

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A low-growing, broadleaf evergreen shrub often used as a ground cover or low hedge. Grows 1 ft. tall and 3-5 ft. wide. The small, shiny, dark-green leaves are of more interest than the inconspicuous, small green flowers. The leathery foliage sometimes turns a bronze-purple in winter.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Flower:
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green

Distribution

USA: KY , MD , NC , OH , PA , TN , VA , WV
Native Distribution: Mts. of w. VA & WV & scattered localities in adjacent states
Native Habitat: Shaded cliffs & banks; rocky, wooded slopes

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Fertile, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: An easily cultured and adaptable evergreen ground cover. Although the plant roots where the branches touch soil, it spreads very slowly. Needs protection from winter sun and wind.

Propagation

Description: Increase by layering branches. Short stem cutting taken in summer and grown in sand under glass will root.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

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From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery - Orefield, PA

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Delaware Nature Society - Hockessin, DE
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Bibliography

Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Paxistima canbyi in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Paxistima canbyi in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Paxistima canbyi

Metadata

Record Modified: 2012-04-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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