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Oregon Boxleaf

Scientific name

Paxistima myrsinites


Oregon Boxleaf is a slow growing, long lived evergreen shrub species that typically grows between 0.5 and 1 m in height. This plant may also be known by the common names Boxwood, False Box, Boxleaf Myrtle, or Mountain Lover. The leaves are small, smooth, shiny, dark green colored, oppositely arranged, oblong shaped, and have slightly toothed margins. The flowers are small, fragrant, maroon colored, have four petals, and bloom between April and June. The fruits are small white colored seed capsules that appear between July and September. This shrub is an attractive ornamental garden plant and is often used for short border hedges. It is hardy, easy to grow, and low maintenance.

Planting conditions

Oregon Boxleaf grows best in dry to moist conditions with partial sun exposure. It prefers well-drained, shallow, gravel, clay, loam, or silt soil types. It can tolerate full sun and full shade. This shrub can be naturally found in open or shaded forests, forest edges, and on dry rocky slopes.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Dry
    • Normal
    • Moist
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
    • Shade
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Clay
    • Rocky
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
  • Eco Zone:
    • 3a
    • 3b
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
  • Plant type:
    • Shrub
  • Height:
    • 1 m
  • Spread:
    • 2 m