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Paxistima canbyi

Family: Celastraceae
Genus: Paxistima (paks-ISS-tim-uh) (Info)
Species: canbyi (KAN-bee-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Pachistima canbyi

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vsanthony On Jun 25, 2014, vsanthony from Sanibel, FL wrote:

I have tons of this and have grown it for many years in zone 5/6 Massachusetts where it is very hardy and spreads aggressively. I use it in my perennial borders. It's an interesting and underused broadleaf evergreen plant, IMHO.

Positive Rickwebb On Dec 4, 2013, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

It is not real ornamental, but it is so interesting botanically. It is rarely sold. My biggest customer is a plant enthusiast and she bought twelve little potted plants from a special nursery, but she was told "good luck growing them." She placed them around her southeast PA yard and only one survived. I have photos of it close to her artificial pond and little waterfall in an acid, good clay soil. It was there for over ten years, then it died in the summer of 2013 that was so very wet with so much rain. It is a very sensitive plant; only growing well with certain conditions that can vary. I would recommend a sandy-silt loam soil, light shade all year, and shelter from open exposure for landscapes; otherwise, being grown in a big pot with potting soil would probably work the best for most people.

Neutral Lauribob On Feb 20, 2012, Lauribob from Twisp, WA wrote:

Kind of an insignificant little mini shrub. It just kind of sits there. It keeps coming back in my zone 5 garden, but doesn't get any bigger so far. It's on the shady side of the house, in the snow slide area from the roof.

Positive ineedacupoftea On Apr 12, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

What a funny little wanna-be shrub; only a finger's height tall. A Broadleaf evergreen, only a little prone to winterburn, it blooms with tiny, interior little flowers in early to mid spring. It has potential as a slow groundcover, perhaps in a moist rockery.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clifton, Colorado
Littleton, Massachusetts
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Twisp, Washington
Green Bay, Wisconsin

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