Leiophyllum buxifolium

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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

Height: 1'-3'

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

Leiophyllum buxifolium (sandmyrtle)
  • Leiophyllum buxifolium (sandmyrtle)
  • Leiophyllum buxifolium (sandmyrtle)
  • Leiophyllum buxifolium (sandmyrtle)
  • Leiophyllum buxifolium (sandmyrtle)

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Leiophyllum buxifolium

Also known as:




Scientific Synonyms:

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.

Additional Notes

Rarely seem in cultivation, or produced commercially, Leiophyllum buxifolium is worthy of attention.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Extirpated: PA
  • Historical: KY


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Dilleniidae
Order Ericales
Family Ericaceae Heath family
Genus Leiophyllum leiophyllum
Species Leiophyllum buxifolium sandmyrtle