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Crystal Japanese Spurge

Pachysandra terminalis 'Crystal'

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Crystal Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra terminalis 'Crystal') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Crystal Japanese Spurge foliage

Crystal Japanese Spurge foliage

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Height:  8 inches

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Description:

This evergreen groundcover is similar to the species except the leaves are significantly more glossy which gives it a crystalized appearance; loves shade, does well beneath mature trees, prefers highly organic acidic soils

Ornamental Features

Crystal Japanese Spurge features tiny spikes of white flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring. Its glossy narrow leaves emerge light green in spring, turning emerald green in color the rest of the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Crystal Japanese Spurge is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Crystal Japanese Spurge is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Crystal Japanese Spurge will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for poor, acidic soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Groundcover  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers 
Ornamental Features
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