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By Tandean

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I want to plant JAPANESE SPURGE (Pachysandra terminalis) in an area that covers utility service at the front of a house. We cannot plant 'deep rooted ' shrubs. Could you 1) tell me whether Pachysandra is considered to be 'deep rooted' and also 2) can you please say to approx what depth the roots could get to as maximum?



It has creeping rhizomes that in mine, go about 1ft deep at maximum. The true fibrous roots come of these rhizomes but don't extend very far from them.

I can't imagine that this will cause any problems to you whatsoever. It's slow to get going though and prefers a degree of shade.

A faster ground cover would be the dwarf bamboo Sasaella ramosa which is excellent and will grow in sun or shade.

17 Aug, 2010


I have pachysandra in my garden too, it's a very useful ground cover.

18 Aug, 2010


Thanks for your answer to my query about Pachysandra root depth.
I did imagine it would be best answered by someone who has had experience of the plant.
With the alternative suggestion about dwarf baboo, it will help in my decision making about the best way to progress.

Thanks again.

18 Aug, 2010


I have explained that i 'do' have it here, in two areas.
It would be quite suitable for the area you've mentioned.

18 Aug, 2010


That bamboo (Sasaella ramosa) also confusingly and annoyingly comes under several names but perhaps the current usage is Arundinaria vagans.

19 Aug, 2010

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