How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Mayten—Maytenus boaria
Family Celastraceae (Staff tree family)

Plant identification

Maytenus boaria is a somewhat slow-growing evergreen tree.  Leaves are narrow and light or medium green.  Long branchlets hang down from branches, resembling a weeping willow.  Trees produce inconspicuous flowers and fruit. 

Optimum conditions for growth

Mayten trees do well in areas with full sun.  Grow in well-drained soil and provide moderate to regular amounts of water.  Provide deep water so that roots don’t form near the soil surface and invade planting beds.

hanging stems
Slender hanging stems

Pests and disorders of Maytenus boaria



Environmental disorders



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