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Canby's Mountain-Lover
Scientific Name: Paxistima canbyi Gray
Synonym: Pachystima canbyi
Family: Celastraceae
Canby's Mountain-Lover (Paxistima  canbyi)
Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 2: 492.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 1-10,1421
USDA: 3-10

Heat Tolerance: Light shade when grown inland

Sun Exposure: Light shade to full sun

Origin: Eastern United States (central Appalachian Mountains)

Growth Habits: Low growing evergreen shrub, slow growing to 12 inches tall (30 cm), 3 to 5 feet spread (90-150 cm) or more; lustrous dark green leaves, 0.25 to 1 inch long (6-25 mm), up to 0.2 inch wide (5 mm)

Watering Needs: Prefers moist, but well-drained soils. Tolerates alkaline soils

Propagation: Cuttings, divisions

This species name honors William Marriott Canby, a businessman and philanthropis, as well as an avid botanist.This is one of the few broad-leaved evergreens that can be used on alkaline soils. It is a good choice for underplanting shrubs

Blooming Habits:
Small, mostly unconspicuous, greenish or reddish flowers, in small clusters, in early May.

Fruiting Habits:

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