• 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 4 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Compact Evergreen Hedge
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:BUK-sus mik-ro-FIL-la
    Plant type:Boxwood, Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Compact
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 4 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
    Design IdeasEssential plant material for formal hedges at moderate height. Superior sheared into topiary forms in containers such as Old World classical terra cotta or more streamlined colonial boxes. Ideal foundation plant to cover up crawl spaces and utility meters year around. Well suited to boundary hedges to divide front yards or to edge driveways and sidewalks.
    Companion PlantsMaiden Grass (Miscanthus); Spirea (Spiraea); Lilac (Syringa); Coneflower (Echinacea); Weigela (Weigela); Smoke Tree (Cotinus)
  • 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.Pruning time: late spring to summer.
    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.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Also known as B. harlandii, this species is native to Japan.
    Lore:
    A Latin translation for Buxus is 'box' and the name may have been derived from its use to make small, finely carved boxes known in Greek as pyxos. Buxus is also Latin for flute; it is said that Roman gardener Pliny grew Buxus for making musical instruments. Dating back to 4,000 BC, Egyptians used clipped box hedges in their gardens. In Britain, three burial sites of the Roman era featured coffins lined with sprays of evergreen box. During the reign of Emperor Augustus, villas were planted with boxwood hedging and topiary, and during the reign of Henry V11, it has been written that Tudor gardens featured clipped boxwood knot gardens with thrift or cotton lavender bordering them.

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