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Japanese Pachysandra | Plant Profile

Japanese pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis) is a very popular evergreen groundcover. It produces small white flowers in the spring, though the focal point of this groundcover is its dense, resilient leaves.

Japanese pachysandra have green and soft stems, rather than woody, rigid stems which are often found in other groundcovers. If overcrowded or left un-pruned, pachysandra will not develop a woody and unattractive appearance over time.

Japanese pachysandra are generally resistant to pests, drought, shade, and clay soils. They are a popular option as weed control, since weeds are often choked out by its density. These plants will also succeed beneath trees and other shady areas where understory plants can be difficult to grow.

Description

Japanese Pachysandra Characteristics

Japanese Pachysandra is a low-maintenance groundcover with dark green, leathery leaves and insignificant flowers. They are classified as evergreens and will not lose the foliage in the winter, but the leaves may turn a slightly yellow color in the winter or if exposed to too much sunlight. Small white flowers will appear in spring and early summer.

Japanese Pachysandra prefer shade and indirect watering. If watered from the top, the dense leaves may retain too much moisture and develop a mold or fungus - proper air circulation is key. Root rot is possible if soil is overly saturated.

This is an extremely popular groundcover that can often be found under trees and shrubs, along walkways or along banks and hillsides. Japanese Pachysandra is a great low-maintenance way to fill in bare spots in a landscape, as weeding and watering are rarely required.

These plants are unattractive to deer and are a popular choice in areas where deer ticks and Lyme disease could otherwise become a concern.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones  5 - 9
Height
.50 - 1.50'
Spread
1.00 - 1.50
Bloom Time
April
Water
Medium
Sun
Full Shade to Part Shade
Maintenance
Low
Deer Resistant?
Yes