Paxistima canbyi A. Gray
Celastraceae (Bittersweet Family)
USDA Symbol: paca
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
DistributionUSA: 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 ConditionsLight 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.
PropagationDescription: 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 Organizations DirectoryAccording 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
BibliographyBibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Paxistima canbyi in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Paxistima canbyi in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Paxistima canbyi
MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-04-12
Research By: TWC Staff