Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Evergreens
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, average, loam, sand
Bloom Time: May, June
Bloom Color: white, pink
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, clumping, evergreen, ornamental foliage, rare, rock garden plant, winter interest
Pricing & Availability
Leiophyllum buxifoliumAlso known as:
Dendrium buxifolium, Kalmia buxifolia, Leiophyllum buxifolium var. hugeri, Leiophyllum buxifolium var. prostratum, Leiophyllum hugeri, Leiophyllum lyonii
Leiophyllum buxifolium is an uncommon evergreen, small, compact shrub that grows to a height of 3'. The leaves are short, glossy, leathery, and resemble those of boxwoods (Buxus sp.) hence the epithet buxifolium. They turn bronze in winter giving the species year round interest. The pinkish-white flowers resemble those of mountain laurels, to which the species is related, but are smaller and form dense terminal clusters.
As the common name sandmyrtle would seem to indicate, this species likes well-drained soil. However, it is important to keep it fairly moist during hot summers because it is not drought tolerant. It's native range includes pine barrens with acidic, sandy loam, and full sun to light shade. An unusual, attractive compact plant for use in rock gardens, or to create low, evergreen hedges. Blooms in late spring to early summer. Zones 6-8
Can be propagated by seed, layering, root or stem cuttings.
Rarely seem in cultivation, or produced commercially, Leiophyllum buxifolium is worthy of attention.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
GA, KY, NC, NJ, SC, TN
USDA Endangered Status:
- Extirpated: PA
- Historical: KY