• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Colorful and Compact
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:BUK-sus mik-ro-FIL-la
    Plant type:Boxwood, Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:3 - 24
    Growth habit:Compact, Round
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
    Flower color:White
    Companion PlantsSpirea (Spiraea); Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus); Coneflower (Echinacea); Gayfeather (Liatris)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in enriched, well-drained, neutral to slightly acidic soils. Mulch root zone to conserve moisture and to keep roots cool. Water deeply and regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply fertilizer in early spring. Prune as needed to shape.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

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