Buxus microphylla japonica
Boxwood is widely used for edging and hedging. When not clipped, most are soft and billowing. Inconspicuous flowers. All are easy to grow where adapted. Extra care with watering, feeding, and controlling mites and scale will pay off in better color and greater vigor.
Native to Japan. This species is hardy to –10°F/–23°C but has poor winter appearance in cold-winter areas. Takes dry heat and alkaline soil, but struggles in intense heat and saline soils of the desert. Compact; 1/2–1-in., round-tipped leaves are a lively bright green in summer, brown or bronze in winter in many areas. Grows slowly to 4–6 ft. high and wide if not pruned. Most often clipped as a hedge or shaped into globes, tiers, or pyramids in containers. Can keep to 6 in. tall as a border edging.‘Green Beauty’
‘Green Beauty’ holds its deep green color in coldest weather and is considerably greener than the species in summer heat.‘Winter Gem’
‘Winter Gem’ retains its deep green foliage color through the winter.
Gray-green rosettes of many leaves are joined by fine hairs for a cobweb-covered look. Larger rosettes...
Grows to 2 ft. tall. Smooth deep green leaves with yellow variegation have a spicy apple fragrance and...
Native to the Mediterranean region. Once valued for its bold effect in garden fringes and near water a...