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PlantFiles: Littleleaf Boxwood, Japanese Boxwood
Buxus microphylla 'Winter Gem'

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

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive myriban On Apr 25, 2013, myriban from Northeast region, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

Found our Winter Gems stay green in shade but the ones in sun bronze up a little...although not terrible. 'Winter Gem' has been one of the best boxwood cultivars we've used for hedging.

Positive Todd_Boland On Nov 23, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Many boxwoods turn bronzy in winter but 'Winter Gem' stays bright, shiny green. The new leaves emerge yellowish-green then turn bright green and stay that way (many other boxwoods turn fairly deep green). The leaves are a little more rounded than most boxwoods. Makes an ideal low hedge.


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

Huntsville, Alabama
Beaumont, California
Carlsbad, California
Fallbrook, California
Jacksonville, Florida
Maitland, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Belleville, Illinois
Bloomington, Indiana
Terre Haute, Indiana
Princeton, Kansas
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Tecumseh, Michigan
Wyckoff, New Jersey
Cincinnati, Ohio
Columbiana, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Edgewood, Texas
Princeton, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)
Cambridge, Wisconsin

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