perennial

Cliff Green

Paxistima canbyi

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Cliff Green (Paxistima canbyi) at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Cliff Green foliage

Cliff Green foliage

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Height:  12 inches

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2b

Other Names:  Canby Paxistima

Description:

A subtle low-growing evergreen groundcover for moist organic soils, spreads into a thick, low mat, but not invasive; foliage and texture are distinctive and effective, quite adaptable, but prefers full sun; worthy of greater garden use

Ornamental Features

Cliff Green's glossy narrow leaves remain dark green in colour throughout the season. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Cliff Green is a spreading perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Cliff Green is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Cliff Green will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Groundcover 
Applications
Texture  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features