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 or littleleaf boxwood produces dainty white flowers that are not showy in early spring.
The Japanese Boxwood 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 shrub makes an excellent medium to large hedge, and is quite simple to grow (even if it’s a slow growing shrub).
Japanese Boxwood Care:
Like all other boxwoods, the Japanese boxwood shrub grows well in cool, moist, well drained soils. As well as, growing in partial sun to part shade. It only needs a small amount of 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 border hedge. Space at least 2 feet away from home or fence. Shake off the extra dirt of the root ball before planting to separate the roots to encourage 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.
This shrub is slightly less cold hardy than other commonly used boxwood varieties. Still a great choice for many gardeners across the United States in department of agriculture plant hardiness zones 5-9! 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.
Boxwoods grow 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 shape you desire.
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Buxus microphylla japonica
- Low maintenance
- Pest and disease resistant