Maytenus boaria Celastraceae
- Broadleaf evergreen tree, up to 30-50 ft (9-15 m) tall, somewhat less in width, branches slender, long,
pendulous (i.e., weeping habit). Leaves small, about 2.5-5 cm long and 1-2 cm wide, alternate,
lanceolate, margins finely serrate, mid-green color, paler below; petiole slender, very short.
Flowers are small, inconspicuous, mostly unisexual, both sexes on the same plant; white tinged with green.
Fruit is a yellow bivalve capsule, which contains one or two seeds, and is covered by a red-colored
- Sun to part shade, well-drained soil. May show some leaf drop in cold weather but recovers quickly.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (8) 9 The RHS Dictionary of Gardening states it will tolerate
temperatures to 14°F (-10°C). Native to Chile and Argentina. Apparently
naturalized in New Zealand and considered a weed.
- 'Green Showers': this selection has broader leaves and more pendulous branches.
- boaria: bovine, cattle eat the leaves.
- Oregon State University, Peavy Arboretum (Arboretum Road): across the road from Peavy Lodge.