Winter Gem Boxwood
Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Winter Gem'
Full sun, Partial sun
Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
|Botanical Pronunciation||BUK-sus my-kroh-FIL-uh juh-PON-ih-kuh|
|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.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.|
|Bloom Time||Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.|
|Design Ideas||This 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.|
|Garden Style||Asian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Mediterranean|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Hedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Topiary, Urban Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Dense Habit, Easy Care, Year-round Interest|
|Watering Needs||Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.|
|Companion Plants||Spirea (Spiraea); Lilac (Syringa); Weigela (Weigela); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus); Coneflower (Echinacea); Gayfeather (Liatris)|
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.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9