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Buxus microphylla | Littleleaf Boxwood

STRENGTHS
Evergreen, traditional and lovely.  Wonderful specimen or aristocratic hedge. Gives an evergreen structure to a garden. Can be pruned in any shape, round, rectangular, animal topiary, often used in formal gardens.  

CARE
Easily transplanted. Prospers in climates that do not have extreme summer heat or winter cold. Prune in late winter. Adaptable, prefers limestone soils pH 6 or greater.
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NOTES
New growth extremely sensitive to winter injury – never prune in August when there is no time for cold hardening. Likes the sun so if you have too shady a spot, try Ilex crenata as an alternative.
RELATED VARIETIES | CULTIVARS | EXTRA INFO
‘Green Beauty’ 3′/ 3′ in 10 years, easygoing ringer for English box (readily available)
‘var. koreana x B. sempervirens hybrids’ handsome and valuable group of boxwoods, compact and hardy with nice color of sempervirens
‘Winter Beauty’ 3’ to 4’, mounded dark green
‘Winter Gem’ 2’ tall, velvety green
‘Green Ice’ 3’/ 3’ extremely hardy, glossy (says Dirr)
‘Green Mountain’ 5’/ 3’, pyramidal, upright (readily available)
‘Green Velvet’ 4’/ 4’, pretty leaves (readily available)

www.washingtonpost.com article in home section 1.11.07 mentions the following Boxwoods…
‘John Baldwin’ 10′/ 3.5′ in 25 yrs, fine leaf, pretty sillouette
‘Varder Valley’ 2′/ 3′ in 15 yrs low spreader, blue cast
‘Green Beauty’
‘Elegantissima’ 3′/ 2′ in 15 yrs, creamy edges and the best variagated
‘Dee Runk’ 9′/ 2′ in 15 yrs ($$$) good for small hedge (small ones available)
‘Justin Brouwers’ 2′/2.5′ in 10 yrs, a fixture at the white house (readily available at Evergro and Merrifield)

ZONES HARDINESS | SUN OR SHADE ….. 7 – 9 | full sun to moderate shade
GROWTH RATE ….. slow, slower than sempervirens
HEIGHT / WIDTH ….. 3’ to 4’ / 3’ to 4’

PLANT SHAPE & BRANCHING ….. rounded, multiple branching, open or dense depending on the cultivar
LEAF FORM & SHAPE ….. 1/3” – 1”, ovate to lance shape
LEAF ARRANGEMENT ….. simple, opposite
LEAF COLOR ….. Evergreen | medium green | New growth | emerges light green and waxy (while sempervirens emerges flat blue-green)
image Buxus microphylla 'Green Beauty'FEATURES, BUDS, FLOWERS, FRUIT
FLOWERS
| delicate March-April, male has occasional petals

NATIVE HABITAT
SOIL prefers moist, but extrememly well drained, hates wet feet
Native to Eastern Asia

www.boxwoodsociety.org

UCONN plant database/Buxus microphylla

MO Botanical Garden/Buxus microphylla

Saunders Brothers / Justin Brouwers

d*d flickr

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‘Dee Runk’ above, wonderful but $$$

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‘Justin Brouwers’ above and below, cute isn’t it?

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