Celastraceae
Paxistima myrsinites

Oregon Boxwood

Ascending to spreading shrub. Stems stiff, reddish brown to brown, 4-angled with corky ridges, densely branched. Leaves dark green, opposite, evergreen, leathery, oval to egg-shaped, serrate, 1/4–1 1/2 in. long. Flowers tiny, 1–3 held in clusters on upper stem, 4 red-brown petals. Grows in shaded woods, openings, at edges of meadows, at all mid elevations.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 1--2 feet
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest
  • Found In: Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP, N Cascades NP, Crater Lake NP, Wallowas, West Gorge, Siskiyous
  • Native: Yes