Pronunciation: mi-RY-ka pen-sil-VAN-i-ka
|Description||Fragrant, dense foliage on a compact form makes this shrub useful for hedges and screens. The white waxy coating on the small fruits is used for candle making. Evergreen in mild climates, deciduous elsewhere.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Water when top 3 in. of soil is dry.|
|Blooms||Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.|
|Mature Size||Moderate growing to 9 ft. tall, equal width.|
|Special Features||North American Native Selection, Ornamental Berries, Waterwise, Compact Form, Benefits Birds|
|Landscape Use||Privacy Screen|
|Design Ideas||This American native thrives in the worst alkaline sandy soils. Fragrant foliage can be sheared to release more scent. Popular in formal and wild gardens. A big bushy shrub, it can be used as a single specimen or ganged into a low-maintenance hedge. Perfect for transition areas between cultivated garden and native ecosystems. Best friend to gardeners of the East Coast.|
|Companion Plants||Kinnikinick (Arctostaphyllus ); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia); Potentilla (Potentilla); Cranberry Bush (Viburnum); Magnolia (Magnolia)|
|Care||Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. May be watered deeply, less frequently, when established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.|
|Lore||This is a diecious plant with berries held more densely on female clones.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-6
Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone:
Your climate may be too cold for this plant
This plant is not available to purchase online.
Check a local Monrovia retailer.
No Retailers found within 50 miles of your zipcode
Monrovia grows beautiful plants for every region
We have been pioneers and craftsmen in the art of growing plants for nearly
100 years. Since our founding in Southern California by Harry E. Rosedale, Sr.
in 1926, we have been absolutely dedicated and obsessed with quality.
We have been pioneers and craftsmen in the art of growing plants for nearly 100 years. Since our founding in Southern California by Harry E. Rosedale, Sr. in 1926, we have been absolutely dedicated and obsessed with quality.