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Maytenus boaria - Mayten Tree

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Celastraceae (Bittersweets)
Origin: Chile (South America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Insignificant
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Height: 20-30 feet
Width: 15-20 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Maytenus boaria (Mayten Tree) - A very attractive evergreen tree that grows to about 30 feet tall and spreads to nearly an equal width with a rounded crown and weeping and pendulous branches of small bright green leaves that are held perpendicular to the stem. Tiny yellow flowers that appear in winter are inconspicuous and sometimes followed by small brown capsules containing red seeds. This plant makes it a good substitute for the Weeping Willow and unlike the water thirsty willow, the Maytens roots are not invasive, though it has a tendency to sucker if roots are damaged. To prevent this, avoid cultivating around the tree and promote deep rooting. Plant in full sun and irrigate deeply and infrequently to encourage the roots to grow deeply. It is cold hardy to around 20 degrees F. Mature Mayten trees seem to resent heavy prunning and we have been told that this treament can actually kill a tree (would like to hear more information about this). The Mayten Tree is native to waterways in arid and semiarid regions of Chile, Argentina and Peru. The name "Maytenus" comes from 'mantun', the Mapuche Indian name for this species. The specific epithet 'boaria' meaning "of the cattle" is in reference to cattle's preference for the foliage of this plant as forage. If you have additional information or disagree with what we list, please contact us with your comments.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Maytenus boaria.