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Boxwood, Littleleaf Boxwood
Littleleaf boxwood is a dense, rounded broadleaf evergreen shrub known for its tolerance to pruning, making it great plant for hedges and topiary. It has small, oval, deep green foliage which turns yellow or brownish (bronze) in winter. The tiny fragrant flowers are often visited by bees.
Cultivated in Asia since the 1400s, littleleaf boxwood is no longer found in the wild and is today considered of a manmade garden origin. Very adapted to heat and humidity, it grows best in partial sun and well-drained soils and benefits from mulching to keep its roots cool and moist. Full sun and dry soil is a combination that degrades this plant. Cold drying winter wins along with sun can scald and kill boxwoods in colder regions. There are many cultivars available, varying in form such as the upright 'Faulkner', the low mounded 'True Spreader' and the very hardy Japanese varieties.
9 - 6
6 - 9
3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Yellow Green, Bronze
Container, Edging, Foundation, Hedges, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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