Virginia Tech Dendrology

Japanese pachysandra Buxaceae Pachysandra terminalis Sieb. & Zucc. Listen to the Latin symbol: PATE11
Leaf: Alternate, simple, evergreen, clustered in whorls at ends of short plants, obovate and coarsely toothed near ends, 2 to 4 inches long, dark green, very glossy, waxy.
Flower: Creamy white, in tight terminal clusters, each 1/2 inch long, bristly appearing and not particularly showy.
Fruit: Whitish berry-like drupe, 1/2 inch long; rarely produced due to typical clonal plantings.
Twig: Glossy green and semi-woody.
Form: Short ground cover reaching up to 6 to 10 inches tall; leaves form a dense canopy.
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Additional Range Information: Pachysandra terminalis is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and may seed into the landscape. See states reporting Japanese pachysandra.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson