About Xylosma congestum ‘Compacta’ (Compact Shiny Xylosma)
This evergreen shrub is called Xylosma congestum ‘Compacta’ and commonly as, Compact Shiny Xylosma. Native to China this shrub is most notable for the shiny quality to its leaves which as new growth emerges as a bronzy-red that ages to light green. Its leaves take a serrate, ovate form that reach 1-2″ long and are sometimes joined in the fall by small green-yellow pincushion flowers. The ‘Compacta’ is a quick growing specimen that grows half the size of a Xylosma congestum reaching an average landscape size of 6-8′ by 6-8′ with an upright, rounded growth habit. Aside from the occasional pruning to control growth, this plant is very low maintenance and is tolerant of inland heat and medium-mild seaside conditions.
Care and Planting Instructions
Plant Xylosma congestum ‘Compacta’ in well-draining soil in an area that receives either shade or sun exposure. Water regularly when planted to establish a healthy root system then, reduce frequency. This bush doesn’t require regular waterings and is known to be drought tolerant. As mentioned, this plant grows vigorously and can become much larger than intended so be sure to prune to control size when needed and take care of its sharp thorns.
Landscape Design Ideas
Compact Shiny Xylosma is a great planting option as a medium sized privacy hedge between property lines or as a deer deterrent for more remote landscapes. Plant as a backdrop, grow it as a topiary, tree or as a filler to large landscape areas. This variety is also an excellent option for commercial landscape designs or as a filler to street or highway medians.
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