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BUXUS microphylla 'Winter Gem'

Image of Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Winter Gem'

James H. Schutte

Family

Buxaceae

Botanical Name

BUXUS microphylla var. japonica 'Winter Gem'

Plant Common Name

Japanese Boxwood, Winter Gem Japanese Boxwood

General Description

Winter Gem Japanese boxwood is a slow growing, rounded broadleaf evergreen shrub with light green foliage in the spring turning glossy, dark green in the summer. Bees are attracted by its non-showy fragrant spring flowers. Tolerant of a wide range of soils, this shrub also grows well is sun and part shade. As with most boxwood, it responds well to pruning and shearing and is best used in mixed borders, as a small hedge or in a formal garden setting.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    11 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    2'-5' / 0.6m - 1.5m (3)

  • Width

    2'-5' / 0.6m - 1.5m (3)

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • 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)

    Olive, Dark Green, Bronze

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • 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, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No