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Buxus microphylla

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  • Buxus microphylla | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017
  • Buxus microphylla | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017

Features

  • Height0.3m to 0.8m
  • Spread1m to 1.5m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourYellow-green
  • Leaf ColourDark-medium green

Description

Buxus microphylla (Box). The East Asian box was originally grown in Japan and first came to Western gardens as a dwarf cultivar with distorted leaves. Later the wild forms were discovered in Japan, Korea and China and named as varieties: Buxus m. var. japonica (syn. B. japonica), B. m. var. koreana and B. m. var. sinica. All are quite similar to the European box in leaf size and shape and leaves are slightly shinier and usually more rounded at the tip, with the broadest part somewhat above the middle. The leaves turn a pale yellow-brown in frosty winters. In North America B. m. var. koreana is popular for its compact, low-growing habit and great cold hardiness. In milder climates B. m. var. japonica, with slightly larger, more rounded leaves, does well, sometimes reaching 3m in height.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Other common names

Boxwood, East Asian box

Origin

Garden origin

Interest and use

Ground cover.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium, Sandy
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are fully to frost hardy and will require sun or semi-shade in any soil but waterlogged soil. You will need to trim back the hedges during the summer. Promote new growth by cutting back stems to 30cms or less in late spring.

Propagation

You can propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

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