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PlantFiles: Boxthorn
Severinia buxifolia

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Family: Rutaceae (roo-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Severinia
Species: buxifolia (buks-ih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

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Category:
Shrubs
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Blue-Green
Shiny/Glossy-Textured
Leathery-Textured

Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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Profile:

1 positive
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive MotherNature4 On Apr 24, 2006, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This relative of citrus has LARGE thorns, it is evergreen and compact as well as a slow grower. Plant it in an area where you don't want traffic. An excellent barrier plant. Fragrant white flowers are followed by an edible black fruit about the size of an English Pea.



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