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Maytenus boaria

maiten

M. boaria is an evergreen tree potentially to 20m, but in Britain usually a small tree or large shrub, 3-10m, tall with an oval crown and slender, drooping branches. Leaves are narrowly lance-shaped, 5cm long, shining mid-green above and paler beneath. Flowers greenish-white, small and inconspicuous, numerous, borne in leaf axils in spring and fragrant. May be followed by small, red, 2-seeded fleshy fruits

Other common names
mayten
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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
20–50 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green White Green
Summer Green Red
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Celastraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Maytenus is a genus of around 200 trees and shrubs, originating from the Americas, but with only a couple of species that are hardy in most of the British Isles. They produce tiny, star-shaped to tubular flowers, singly or in clusters, which may be followed by colourful fruit

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Chile

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun with midday shade. A sheltered position is ideal

Propagation

Propagate by seed under glass in autumn. Remove suckers in spring. Can also be propagted by semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • Coastal
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Low Maintenance
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally trouble free

Diseases

Generally trouble free

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