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PlantFiles: Variegated Japanese Boxwood
Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Variegata'

Family: Buxaceae
Genus: Buxus (BUK-sus) (Info)
Species: microphylla var. japonica
Cultivar: Variegata


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Grown for foliage

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

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive wormfood On Feb 15, 2009, wormfood from Lecanto, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

My dad's bush is 26 years old and about 6' high. No care has been given to it and it's showing signs of dying. I'll try food and water, maybe change out some of the dirt around it to try to save it. I've taken clippings and they are doing well in water and growing new leaves.

Positive jkom51 On Jan 11, 2003, jkom51 from Oakland, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Due to the distinct white edging around the tiny leaves, this plant brightens up my fence area, which has a bright shade/partial sun exposure. Boxwood can be easily pruned and shaped. In cold-winter areas the appearance will suffer, also very intense desert heat will be a struggle. This variegated plant is much more attractive than the usual evergreen variety.


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

Calistoga, California
Hesperia, California
Long Beach, California
Lecanto, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Tavares, Florida
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Alice, Texas

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