FIELD GUIDE TO SHRUBS

Sand-Myrtle
Leiophyllum buxifolium

Family: Ericaceae

Preferred Habitat: Pine barrens

Range: Eastern United States

Height: up to 0.8 meters (2.5 feet)

Leaves: elliptic, leathery, evergreen, about 2 cm long, mostly opposite, some may be alternate

Flowers: small, white, clustered, petal entirely separate, blooming from April to June

Fruit: dry, 2 to 3-parted capsules with many seeds

Location spotted: Outside Linsey Pool of Brandeis University

Extra information: The “ancients” considered the plant to be sacred to Venus