Buxus microphylla 'Faulkner'Item #1370 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
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Slow growing, dwarf habit means less pruning! Glossy, bright green foliage is densely packed, becoming bronze tinged in winter. An exceptional specimen for container or landscape. Easily shaped into a tidy hedge or topiary form. Evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:BUK-sus mik-ro-FIL-laDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:CompactGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Reaches 4 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:InconspicuousGarden styleCottageDesign 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 PlantsSpirea (Spiraea); Weigela (Weigela); Smoke Tree (Cotinus); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus); Coneflower (Echinacea); Gayfeather (Liatris)
- CareCare InformationThrives in well-drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a neat appearance, prune periodically.Pruning time: late spring to summer.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.