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Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Plants of Merit

  • Sand myrtle is a low-growing plant that offers year-round interest, with its rose-pink buds and white and pink flowers.

    Libbie Soden / Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens

    Sand myrtle is a low-growing plant that offers year-round interest, with its rose-pink buds and white and pink flowers.

WHAT: Leiophyllum buxifolium, commonly known as sand myrtle, is a well-known native plant to New Jersey and along the Eastern seaboard. It is a compact shrub with rose-pink buds that produce white flowers tipped with pink.
It is a small evergreen plant that is perfect near the front of the border where it is important to have winter interest as well as in spring and summer.
SUN OR SHADE: L. buxifolium prefers sun to part shade.
SIZE: It is a petite shrub measuring1 1/2 foot to 3 feet at maturity, but can grow to 5 feet wide.
SEE IT: At the Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens in the Rock Garden at 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett; or take a virtual tour by going to Email: or call 425-257-8597.
Source: Sandra Schumacher, Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens
Story tags » Gardening

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