Oct 15, Tiny greenish flowers in clusters, bloom April-May. Small, hard orange seed capsules form in summer. Rough, charcoal-gray bark. In general, gallons per week for the first 2 years; gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by. Maytenus boaria. Mayten is a lovely small tree with tiny delicate weeping willow-like light green foliage. It is a relatively tidy tree with little leaf drop and no sidewalk lifting.
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Growth can be slow if a good deep watering schedule is not kept for the first few years for establishment. Curiously this tree is listed as needing moderate water, but many of the maytenus on the streets around town do not recieve much.
The Mayten Tree is native to waterways in arid and semiarid regions of Chile, Argentina and Peru. The name"Maytenus" comes from 'mantun', the Mapuche Indian name for this species.
The specific epithet 'boaria' meaning"of the cattle" is in reference to cattle's preference for the foliage of this plant as forage.
Maytenus boaria - Mayten Tree. Slow-growing, weeping, evergreen tree. Eventually to 30' - 50' high and wide. Full sun. Well-drained soil. Irrigate deeply to keep tree from rooting near soil surface. If you do need to move it, next time create a wider and shallow hole at least two foot wide and about inches deep. Put in any staking you might need to stabilise the tree at this point. If you place a small mound of good compost in the middle, gently tease out the roots and drape them over the mound with the tree parked on the top of the mound.