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Littleleaf Boxwood Buxus microphylla

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Description

Littleleaf Boxwood is a slow-growing broadleaf evergreen drought tolerant shrub.  It prefers moist cool soils so mulch heavily around the roots.  Plant in full sun to light shade but provide some protection from wind and winter weather.   It is easy to transplant due to its shallow roots and tolerates pruning well hence its use in topiary.  Grow it in a container, along a border, or as an edging or hedge.  Propagate by stem cuttings which root easily.

This plant is resistant to damage by deer.

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Compacta'
    Best variety for a low hedge
  • 'Green Borders'
  • 'Sunnyside'
    Large leaves good cold hardiness, yellow bronze fall color
  • var. 'Koreana'
    Most hardy of varieties, foliage bronze-colored in winter
  • 'Winter Beauty'
    Mounded form, attractive bronze fall/winter color
  • 'Wintergreen'
    Bright green small leaves, keeps green in winter
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#specimen#slow growth#bonsai#winter interest#accent plant#rabbit resistant#mass planting#topiary#hedges#transplant#deer resistant#dense#foundation planting#formal#leathery leaves
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Compacta'
    Best variety for a low hedge
  • 'Green Borders'
  • 'Sunnyside'
    Large leaves good cold hardiness, yellow bronze fall color
  • var. 'Koreana'
    Most hardy of varieties, foliage bronze-colored in winter
  • 'Winter Beauty'
    Mounded form, attractive bronze fall/winter color
  • 'Wintergreen'
    Bright green small leaves, keeps green in winter
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#specimen#slow growth#bonsai#winter interest#accent plant#rabbit resistant#mass planting#topiary#hedges#transplant#deer resistant#dense#foundation planting#formal#leathery leaves
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Buxus
    Species:
    microphylla
    Family:
    Buxaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers are attractive to bees.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    A dehiscent 3-celled capsule that matures to brown
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Non-showy, male and female flowers. Fragrant an attracts bees.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Insignificant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Oblong
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Medium green .3"-1" long, 1/4" wide, broadest in the middle, apex notched. Unattractive yellow-green or brown fall color.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
    Stem Description:
    New stems green, mature to brown, square shape.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Barrier
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Rabbits