Japanese Boxwood

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This hardy boxwood variety is your ideal accent or hedge plant in flower gardens, formal gardens or any landscape foundation planting due to its versatility, dense green foliage and ease of maintenance! The Japanese Boxwood hedge or littleleaf boxwood produces dainty white flowers that are not showy in early spring.

The Buxus microphylla Japanese Boxwood plant features bright green, oval-shaped leaves that are somewhat larger, and slightly lighter green color, almost having a yellow appearance, than the hybrid boxwoods most commonly seen in landscapes. This Japanese shrub  also known as Winter Gem boxwood makes an excellent medium to large hedge, and is quite simple to grow (even if it’s a slow growing shrub).

Read more about the Best Places for Boxwoods. They can provide protection as a windbreak low privacy screen in your landscape too.

Japanese Boxwood Care

Like all other large boxwoods, the Japanese boxwood shrub grows well in cool, moist, well drained soils but it can tolerate a wide range of soils. As well as, growing in partial sun to part shade. It only needs a small amount of partial shade to shield its leaves from the full sun. Boxwoods prefer being planted in slightly acidic sights with soil pH of 6.5-7.

The Japanese Boxwood growth rate is slow – less than 12 inches per year. Since these boxwoods rate of growth is so slow, space them 2-3 feet apart to make a shrub border hedge. Space at least 2 feet away from home or fence.

The Japanese Boxwood height grows up to 5-6 feet tall and 4-6 feet wide. It is most commonly seen as a formal hedge but you can even train this shrub into becoming a Japanese boxwood tree. In fact, you can prune this boxwood plant into becoming whatever desired shape you want. It it very tolerant of pruning.

Shake off the extra dirt of the root ball before planting and separate the roots to encourage new growth. It is fairly drought tolerant, but make sure to have a regular watering schedule during first year of planting to establish it’s shallow root system. Mulch heavily with a 3 inch layer of organic matter to help retain moisture.

This evergreen shrub keeps it’s dark green leaves through summer and fall. If protected from winter wind, it can stay green until temperatures drop. Boxwood hedges are deer resistant and the leaves may turn yellow in dry weather. Buxus shrubs may be susceptible to boxwood leafminer. If this is the case use an insecticidal soap to get rid of these pests.

This perennial shrub is slightly less cold hardy than other commonly used boxwood varieties. Still a great choice for many woodland gardeners across the United States in department of agriculture plant hardiness zones 5-9!

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Botanical Name

Buxus microphylla japonica

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Flower Color Creamy yellow
Foliage Color Light green
Mature Height 5-6 ft
Mature Width 4-6 ft
Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Low maintenance
  • Evergreen
  • Pest and disease resistant

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The Japanese Boxwood prefers full sun to part shade for optimum growth. In hotter climates however, they appreciate afternoon shade and regular watering. Avoid planting in windy areas. Their soil needs are adaptable, although they prefer organic, well-drained soil.

Weekly watering is recommended for the first two years after planting your Boxwood. Mulching is highly recommended for retaining moisture. Shearing or pruning in the spring is necessary to achieve and maintain their desired shape.

Boxwoods can be planted 2-3 feet apart from their centers to form a hedge.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Japanese Boxwood, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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  1. Natalie D.

    Ordered ten 3 gallon size for a hedge in front of home. They shipped fast, but fedex damaged the box a little during shipping. Boxwoods were ok inside though. Would order again.

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  2. Gracie Stephens

    Happy with my purchase. New to online shopping of plants, but was surprised the 3 I ordered showed up looking just as pictured.

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  3. Mel (store manager)

    I plan to make a border hedge around the fenceline at my house. Ordered quite a few of the 1 gallons so I can watch them grow :)

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  4. TERESA D. (verified owner)

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    These shrubs were super healthy and more mature than I expected. I was happy enough with the first four I purchased through a special offer deal that I went to their website to purchase another larger one from them directly.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Teresa, thank you for your feedback on our Japanese Boxwood shrubs. We are sure glad you love them.

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