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

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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.