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Ruscus hypoglossum /Spineless Butcher's Broom

Ruscus hypoglossum  / Ruscus hypoglossum
Evergreen foliage with sharp pointed tips
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Evergreen foliage with sharp pointed tips

Stiff, leathery foliage

Thick foliage wth a spine at the tip.

Specimen plant with dense foliage

Typical form of this evergreen mounding shrub


Close-up image of spiny foliage

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Scientific Name: Ruscus hypoglossum
Common Name: Spineless Butcher's Broom
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
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Comments: This species produces creeping roots and forms a ground cover after several years growing in the same place. Flowers do not have a lot of ornamental value and the plants seldom fruit. The leaves are actually leaf-like cladodes and the true leaves are small appendages produces around the small flowers. Listed in some references as a sub-shrub. Bright sunlight can burn the foliage in the Lower South. Reported to grow in shade where there is competition from tree roots.