Xylosma was a very popular landscaping plant in Phoenix and Tucson in the 1950s, and while it may not be used as widely today, it is still a great plant that almost always looks nice and is very easy to grow. New foliage emerges as a reddish-bronze color, aging to a bright, shiny green. Flowers are not particularly showy; however, they are followed by a dark colored berry that birds may be attracted to.
Xylosma is versatile; it can be trained as a small tree or grown as a hedge or topiary. It takes well to shearing and clipping. Plant Xylosma with lantana, passion flower, and crape myrtle.
Height: 12 – 20 feet
Width: 12 – 20 feet
Bloom color: Cream White
Flowering season: Early spring
USDA minimum zone: 8
Cold hardiness: 15° F


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