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🌻 Plant Care Guide For African Boxwood

African Boxwood

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Botanical Name: Myrsine africana var. acuminata

African Boxwood

Botanical Name: Myrsine africana var. acuminata

Low Water

Diffused Light

Toxic

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📚 African Boxwood Care Guide

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💧️ Water - Low Water
Low Water Needs

African Boxwood is fairly forgiving when it comes to missing a watering day. These plants don't require much oversight.

For African Boxwood, it is important to let the majority of the soil dry in between waterings. Be careful about overwatering your plant -- this can lead to fungal disease like root rot and pest infestations.

Growing Outdoors
If growing outdoors, you will want to plant African Boxwood in an area that receives morning sunlight that's not too harsh and afternoon shade for most natural light. You can consider East facing portions of your garden as those get more morning sun.

Growing Indoors
If growing indoors, you can place African Boxwood near an East-facing window that will receive morning sun for half of the day and afternoon shade.
You can also consider placing your African Boxwood a few feet away from a South-facing window for diffused light. However, be careful about placing in direct sunlight of a South-facing window as that can cause leaf scorch and affect growth. You can always diffuse the harsh light of a South-facing window by using a sheer curtain.
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☀️ Light - Diffused Light
Bright Indirect Light or Partial Sun
African Boxwood can grow in bright indirect light which means it prefers at least 4-6 hours of diffused natural light (ideally 6 hours).
Growing Outdoors
When plants thrive in bright, indirect light only this means that you will want to avoid exposing them to direct sunlight unlessAfrican Boxwood is also explicitly noted to tolerate direct sunlight.

If growing outdoors, you will want to plant African Boxwood in an area that receives morning sunlight that's not too harsh and afternoon shade for most natural light. You can consider East facing portions of your garden as those get more morning sun.
Growing Indoors
If growing indoors, you can place near an East-facing window that will receive morning sun for half of the day and afternoon shade. You can also consider placing a few feet away from a South-facing window for diffused light. However, be careful about placing in direct sunlight of a South-facing window as that can cause leaf gscorch and affect growth. You can always diffuse the harsh light of a South-facing window by using a sheer curtain.

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🐶️ Pet Toxicity - Toxic
Toxic To Pets

African Boxwood is toxic to your pet friends. Becareful and keep out of reach of dogs, cats, and other pets.
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🌳 Mature Size
Up to 4 to 6 Feet.

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🧪 Soil pH Needs
Acidic (Soil pH of 5.5-6.0)Slightly Acidic (Soil pH of 6-6.5)

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🦋 African Boxwood Plant Uses and Characteristics
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🌺 When does African Boxwood bloom?
Not Known.
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🌱 Propagation Methods
From Softwood Cuttings |
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🚫 Dangers
No known dangers. Contact us to report any.
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❤️‍🔥 Grows well in...
Reported by Neverland plant community to grow well in:
California 2
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🌎 Hardiness Zone
Hardiness zones (or Grow Zones) are areas where African Boxwood is able to grow outdoors year round.
If you are located outside of the specified grow zones, you will need to bring your plant indoors during cooler months if you are growing outside. We recommend growing in a container or indoors.


Zone 8B
15 to 20 F
Zone 9A
20 to 25 F
Zone 9B
25 to 30 F
Zone 10A
30 to 35 F
Zone 10B
35 to 40 F
Zone 11
40 to 50 F
Zone 8B
Zone 8 offers one of the more favorable conditions and a longer growing season than most zones. You can grow a variety of vegetables, flowers, trees, and other perennials. You can often times protect most plants during the winter in this zone by amending with mulch.
First Frost:
Early to Mid-October is the typical time-frame, but can go as late as first week in November.

Last Frost:
Mid-March is the typical time-frame, but at times it can go up to as laste as first week of April.
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