• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide, in natural form.
    Key Feature:
    Low Hedge Plant
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:BUK-sus mik-ro-FIL-la juh-PON-ih-kuh
    Plant type:Boxwood, Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide, in natural form.
    Special features:Easy Care, Year-round Interest
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
    Flower color:Yellow
    Garden styleContemporary, Cottage
    Design IdeasThis is the classic hedge plant. Its dense, evergreen growth makes it perfect for shearing into a small, formal hedge. Ideal for defining different spaces in the garden or for a tidy foundation cover-up. It is especially lovely against red brick. Use as a partition to divide your front yard or driveway from your neighbor's. Also beautiful as background foliage. Creates lovely topiaries, particularly in cone shapes if planted where it snows. An excellent plant for parterres and hedge mazes. Keeps its color over winter.
    Companion PlantsSpirea (Spiraea); Weigela (Weigela); Lilac (Syringa); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus); Coneflower (Echinacea); Gayfeather (Liatris)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in enriched, well-drained, neutral to slightly acidic soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a neat, tidy appearance, prune periodically 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.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Also known as B. harlandii, this species is native to Japan. Sometimes sold as Buxus microphylla koreana. Boxwood is so named because its very hard wood was valued in ancient times for making boxes and small containers.
    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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