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Buxus macowanii

English: Small-Leaved or Cape Box; Afrikaans: Kleinblaarbuksboom

Buxus macowanii - Small tree to 10m. Occurs in colonies in valleys in forests near the sea and coastal dunes, to medium altitude. Stem straight, slender. Bark grooved, roughish, greenish-brown. Branchlets angled. Leaves dark green, small, stiffly leathery. Flowers tiny, greenish, in +- stalkless racemes (Jul-Nov). Fruit small, greenish-brown capsule, 7mm dia., with 3 "horns" (Dec-Jan). Closely resembling the European box, with its shiny, leathery green leaves and slow habit, this South African version could be used for the same purposes - topiary and hedges. An attractive container plant. Easy to cultivate, it tolerates drought well, but thrives if fed and watered regularly.

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