Buxus microphylla 'Faulkner'Item #1370 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
This slow growing, dwarf habit means less pruning! Glossy, bright green foliage is densely packed, and takes on a rich bronze tinge during the winter. An exceptional specimen for container or landscape. Easily shaped into a tidy hedge or topiary form. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Slow growing; reaches 4 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:BUK-sus mik-ro-FIL-laDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:CompactGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 4 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms: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 PlantsSpirea (Spiraea); Lilac (Syringa); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus); Coneflower (Echinacea); Weigela (Weigela); Smoke Tree (Cotinus)
- CareCare InformationThrives 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:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- 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.
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