Mayten boaria
Mayten boaria Mayten 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.

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 water and manage to look good anyway. They do exhibit severe wind shaping if planted in prevailing wind conditions. Probably best planted in a wind protected area.

Maximum height
30-50 feet

Life Span
40-60 years

Criteria for Ranking

1 (low) - 5 (high)

Drought Tolerance after first year establishment 3
Wind Tolerance 3*
Frost Tolerance 4*
Surface Roots/Sidewalk Lifting 5
Power Lines Proximity

5 (good choice)
Cost/Maintenance 4*
Disease Resistance/Hardiness 5*
*note asterisk denote species will be shaped by a prevailing wind. Single trunk trained trees need more protection than multi-trunk to grow straight. See image to left - this row of maytenus exhibit salt shaping from prevailing wind.
*note asterisk denote species has been known to drop leaves after a cold snap, but seems to recover quickly. South American native.
*note species likes to grow suckers freely. Pruning of sucker growth will be necessary to keep a single trunk tree form. Also reseeds freely.
*note resistant to Oak Root Fungus

Location Maytenus can be found on many streets in Marina. A healthy tree can be seen on DeForest across from the County Health Center.