Paxistima canbyi Mountain Lover

Canby's Mountain Lover

Canby’s Mountain Lover (Paxistima canbyi) is a rare native plant from the central Appalachian Mountains. This low-growing evergreen shrub useful as a groundcover in shade and partial shade. The glossy green foliage is a delight.
Zones4 - 8
Low Maintenance
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Winter Interest
Adds Texture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
20 to 30"
30 to 40"
Mature Height8-12" tall
Mature Spread24-36" wide
Bloom TimeEarly to mid summer
ShippingNow shipping to zones 2-10.
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SizePlant - 5" Pot

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Canby’s Mountain Lover (Paxistima canbyi) Canby’s Mountain Lover (also known commonly as Cliff Green) is an outstanding foot tall shrublet that provides attractive glossy evergreen foliage in beds under trees and other shady spots in the landscape. While it's a rare native from the Appalachian Mountains, the fact that it grows in alkaline, limestone soils make it a good choice for the high pH soils of the western US as well. Plant in the spring to get it established before winter. A tidy, low-spreading groundcover, it doesn't need any shearing to keep it looking good. It is a valuable plant to create habitat for attracting beneficial insects.
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Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Pot
Common Name
Canby's Mountain Lover
Botanical Name
Paxistima canbyi Mountain Lover
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color
Mature Height
8-12" tall
Mature Spread
24-36" wide
Bloom Time
Early to mid summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Evergreen Foliage
Soil Type
Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet, Well Draining
Amount Of Rain
20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Native, Low Maintenance, Groundcover, Evergreen, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Winter Interest, Adds Texture
Plant Select
Ideal Region
Northeast, Midwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Native To
North America
Item Unit Of Measure
Ships To Canada
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