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BUXUS microphylla 'John Baldwin'

Image of Buxus microphylla 'John Baldwin'

Family

Buxaceae

Botanical Name

BUXUS microphylla 'John Baldwin'

Plant Common Name

John Baldwin Boxwood, Littleleaf Boxwood

General Description

John Baldwin boxwood is a dense, upright yet rounded broadleaf evergreen shrub that can be easily pruned for use as a medium-sized hedge or topiary. The glossy foliage emerges soft green and matures to deep green with a bluish cast. It is not attractive to deer for grazing, but its tiny fragrant flowers are often visited by bees.

Very adapted to heat and humidity, 'John Baldwin' grows best in partial sun and well-drained soils and benefits from mulching to keep its roots cool and moist. With age, this cultivar takes on a slightly more open habit in its upper branches.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m (4)

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Green, Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Foundation, Hedges, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No