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PlantFiles: Littleleaf Boxwood, Japanese Boxwood
Buxus microphylla

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Family: Buxaceae
Genus: Buxus (BUK-sus) (Info)
Species: microphylla (my-kro-FIL-uh) (Info)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Shrubs

Height:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

Profile:

1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral abken On Jul 5, 2009, abken from New Orleans, LA wrote:

Tiny axillary bloom creamy, fragrant, male & female, mid-spring, attractive to bees.

Positive lupinelover On Jan 10, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

The quintessential plant for topiary, it also is widely used to form knot gardens. Box is almost fool-proof, whether pruned to any shape, or allowed to assume its natural form.

Deer leave this plant alone, another great reason to grow it around the periphery of a garden.

Neutral Terry On Aug 31, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

The species is rarely grown; usually cultivars are widely available. Slow growing shrubs are often planted much closer together than the recommended spacing, in order to form a compact hedge more quickly.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fairburn, Georgia
Roslindale, Massachusetts



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