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Oregon Boxwood
Paxistima myrsinites
About Oregon Boxwood (Paxistima myrsinites) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Paxistima myrsinites (Oregon boxleaf, Oregon boxwood, mountain lover, box, or hedge, false box, myrtle box leaf; syn. Pachistima myrsinites) is a species of shrub in the bittersweet family. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to northern Mexico to the Rocky Mountains, where it grows in forests, often in the understory. It is a low prostrate or spreading evergreen shrub growing to a meter in maximum height. The stems have many four-angled branches lined with oppositely arranged oval leaves roughly 1 to 3 centimeters long. The leaves are thick, leathery, toothed, and pointed or round-tipped. They are light green when new and shiny dark green when mature. Blossoming occurs from June to August. The inflorescences occur in the leaf axils, where there appears a single flower or cluster of up to three. The small flat flower has four dark red oval petals about a millimeter long. The fruit is an oblong capsule under a centimeter long containing usually one seed in each of its two valves. The seed is dark and shiny and partly covered in a white aril. The shrub reproduces via seed, but it can also be propagated with cuttings. The wild shrub is a good food source for wild animals such as elk, moose, which browse its evergreen leaves in the winter, and grouse. It has been utilized by Native American groups for various medicinal and ceremonial uses.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

3.3 ft tall


Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Shade, Part Shade


Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 21.5" - 158.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.43" - 6.04", Coldest Month: 9.5" - 49.0", Hottest Month: 33.1" - 73.4", Humidity: 0.35" - 22.36", Elevation: 35" - 13815"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Boxleaf Myrtle, Oregon Boxleaf

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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