Japanese Pachysandra (Terminalis)

The Japanese Pachysandra (Terminalis) is generally described as a perennial subshrub or forb/herb. This is not native to the U.S. (United States) and has its most active growth period in the spring and summer . The Japanese Pachysandra (Terminalis) has dark green foliage and inconspicuous white flowers, with conspicuous fruits or seeds. Leaves are retained year to year. The Japanese Pachysandra (Terminalis) has a moderate life span relative to most other plant species and a slow growth rate.

The Japanese Pachysandra (Terminalis) is easily found in nurseries, garden stores and other plant dealers and distributors. It can be propagated by container, sprigs. Note that cold stratification is not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below -28°F. has low tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.

Plant Basics
Growth Rate Slow
General Type Subshrub, Forb/herb
Growth Period Spring, Summer
Growth Duration Perennial
Lifespan Moderate
Plant Nativity Introduced to U.S.
Commercial Availability Routinely Available
Physical Characteristics
Bloom Period Early Summer
Displays Fall Colors No
Shape/Growth Form Rhizomatous
Drought Tolerance Low
Shade Tolerance Tolerant
Height When Mature 0.8
Vegetative Spread Moderate
Flower Color White
Flower Conspicuousness Yes
Seed Spread Rate None
Gardening Characteristics
Propagations (Ways to Grow) Container, Sprigs
Moisture Requirements High
Cold Stratification Required No
Minimum Temperature -28
Soil Depth for Roots 12
Toxic to Nearby Plants No
Toxic to Livestock No
After-Harvest Regrowth Rate None
After-Harvest Resprout Ability No
Responds to Coppicing No
Growth Requirements
pH Range 5.5–7.5 pH
Precipitation Range 36–36 inches/yr
Planting Density 4800–43000 indiv./acre
Soil Textures Coarse, Fine, Medium
Soil Depth for Roots 12
Minimum Frost-Free Days 100 day(s)
Salinity Tolerance Low
CaCO3 Tolerance Medium
Sustainability & Use
Leaf Retention Yes
Palatability Low
Fire Resistant Yes

Source: USDA, NRCS, PLANTS Database, plants.usda.gov.
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA