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Shiny Xylosma

Xylosma congestum

Pronunciation: zi-LOS-ma kon-GES-tum
SKU #07695

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Description Versatile hedge or screening plant displays bronzy young foliage on spreading, gracefully arching branches. Takes shearing well, easily trained as espalier. Tolerates heat. Evergreen.
Light Full sun, Partial sun
Watering Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Blooms Inconspicuous
Mature Size Moderate grower to 10 to 12 ft. tall and wide.
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Easy Care, Ornamental Berries, Waterwise, Benefits Birds
Growth Rate Moderate
Growth Habit Spreading
Landscape Use Container, Espalier, Privacy Screen, Windbreak
Design Ideas Xylosma can be used as either a shrub or small tree in the landscape. Makes a fine natural hedge gently pruned to size or it will adapt to mild shearing for a more formal appearance. Allow it to grow naturally for a shiny light green background for beds and borders. Excellent for breaking up long fence lines or for de-emphasizing large multistory walls in foundation planting.
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Shrub Rose (Rosa); Passion Vine (Passiflora); Purple Hopseed Bush (Dodonaea); Lantana (Lantana); Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia)
Care Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Water deeply, less frequently, once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.
Lore When in bloom, xylosmas draw bees in droves which makes this shrub vital in wildlife gardens and an undesirable plant near swimming pools.

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