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Narrow-leafed Mahoe*

Melicytus angustifolius

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Narrow-leafed Mahoe (Melicytus angustifolius) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Narrow-leafed Mahoe

Narrow-leafed Mahoe

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Narrow-leafed Mahoe (Melicytus angustifolius) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Narrow-leafed Mahoe foliage

Narrow-leafed Mahoe foliage

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  8

Other Names:  syn. Hymenanthera angustifolia


An intriguing shrub formed of crossing branches adorned with small, narrow leaves; a taller shrub, often with leafless stems and masses of blue-white berries; forms a dense mound that makes a great groundcover

Ornamental Features

Narrow-leafed Mahoe has dark green foliage. The tiny glossy narrow leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. The flowers are not ornamentally significant. It produces white berries from early to late fall.

Landscape Attributes

Narrow-leafed Mahoe is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Narrow-leafed Mahoe is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Narrow-leafed Mahoe will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Screening  Garden  Groundcover 
Ornamental Features