Green Sheen Pachysandra
Pachysandra terminalis 'Green Sheen'
Description: The ubiquitous Pachysandra terminalis is probably a plant that everybody knows. It grows vigorously in New England gardens, and is an effective evergreen ground cover, even if it is sometimes overused. ‘Green Sheen’ is an improved selection from Dale Chapman of the University of Connecticut. Its lustrous, shiny green leaves are striking in the landscape; they almost look perfect.
Like the common form, ‘Green Sheen’ will grow in deep shade, and is a good ground cover under shallow rooted trees, such as Beech. Overexposure to sun may cause this plant to suffer and turn yellow. It is hardy to Zone 4, and prefers a peaty, moist but well-drained soil.
- Type/habit: Spreading groundcover
- Key season and features of interest: Glossy evergreen foliage
- Flowering period: March – April
- Evergreen or deciduous: Evergreen
- Native? No
- Pollinator plant: Attracts bees
- Wildlife benefits: Little benefit
- Site/Condition tolerance: Deep shade; heat
- Sun/Shade Preference: Part to full shade
- Soil Condition Preference: Fertile, moist, well-drained, acidic soil
- Low maintenance; pest and disease resistant; deer and rabbit resistant
Growth Habit: Slow growing, dense, upright form which spread by rhizomes
Size (mature height and spread): 6– 12” tall by 12-18” wide
Hardiness (USDA Zones): 4-9
Suggested Uses: Beneath shrubs and trees; banks & slopes; erosion control
Year of award: 2001