Shiny Xylosma

23. Shiny Xylosma

(Xylosma congestum)
Location: College Park
Nominator: Warren Roberts

A shiny xylosma hides behind the privets, oaks, and other plants along the north border of College Park. This multi-stemmed tree reaches upward 45 feet for the sun. Like an octopus trying to escape a trap, a hackberry tree grows out through the middle of the xylosma’s crown. Xylosma is normally a hedge plant that reaches 10-ft tall, so this is an unusually lofty specimen. Extracts from the evergreen foliage have medicinal uses.

Category: Unusual Size

Height: 45 ft

Spread: 20 ft

Girth: 2.5 ft

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