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BUXUS microphylla var. japonica

Image of Buxus microphylla var. japonica

James H. Schutte

Family

Buxaceae

Botanical Name

BUXUS microphylla var. japonica

Plant Common Name

Japanese Boxwood

General Description

A slow growing plant, Japanese boxwood is a rounded broadleaf evergreen shrub suitable for foundations, hedges and topiary. The dense glossy foliage is deep green and develops a bronze hue in winter. It is not attractive to foragaing deer but its tiny fragrant flowers are often visited by bees.

Very adapted to heat and humidity, Japanese boxwood is also quite cold tolerant. It grows best in part sun and well-drained soils and benefits from mulching to keep its roots cool and moist. Although more hardy, this boxwood can still suffer extreme leafscald damage or death in winter if exposed to cold drying winds and full sun.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 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

    3'-6' / 0.9m - 1.8m (4)

  • Width

    3'-6' / 0.9m - 1.8m (4)

  • 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

    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

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No