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Severinia buxifolia /Chinese Box Orange, Boxthorn

Severinia buxifolia  / Severinia buxifolia
Large, specimen plant in a Texas Botanical Garden
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Large, specimen plant in a Texas Botanical Garden

Close-up of boxwood-like foliage

Boxwood-like foliage

Branch of foliage

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Scientific Name: Severinia buxifolia
Common Name: Chinese Box Orange, Boxthorn
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Black
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
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Comments: This is a low-branching, compact growing evergreen shrub native to China. The fine-textured glossy-green foliage is somewhat similar to boxwood, but there are thorns along the stems. White, fragrant,orange blossom-like flowers occur in spring and summer followed by black, seedy berries. Growth is slow.