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Cape Myrtle, African Boxwood
Scientific Name: Myrsine africana L.
Family: Myrsinaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 8-9,14-25
USDA: 9-11

Sun Exposure: Sun to part shade

Origin: Africa, also Himalayas and western China

Growth Habits: Slow-growing, evergreen, upright shrub, 4 to 8 feet (1.2-2.4 m) tall, 30 inches spread (75 cm); dark red stems; glossy dark green, aromatic, roundish leaves, 0.5 to 0.75 inch long (12-18 mm).

Watering Needs: Moderate water, well drained soil

Propagation: Seed or heeled cuttings in summer

Blooming Habits:

Fruiting Habits:
Pale blue berries, 0.25 inch in diameter (6 mm), on female plants.

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