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Buxus sinica

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Buxus microphylla subsp. sinica
Description

Korean Boxwood is a broadleaf evergreen shrub from Asia that can be pruned as a privacy screen, used as a border plant, in a rock garden and even grows well in containers. In colder winters, the leaves may turn bronzy in the winter. The variety 'Wintergreen' has improved winter color for northern climates.

It can be grown in average garden soil with medium moisture and good drainage in full to part sun. Its preference is for moist sandy loam with slightly acidic to slightly alkaline pH in part sun.

There are several varieties available.

Problems: Blight and leaf spots. Root rot can be a problem in poorly drained soils.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • var. insularis
    Hardier
  • var. insularis 'Justin Brouwers'
    Green throughout the winter
  • var. insularis 'Nana'
    Low growing
  • var. insularis 'Sunburst'
    variegated foliage
  • var. insularis 'Wintergreen'
    Maintains better winter color
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#container plant#broadleaf evergreen#topiary#privacy#deer resistant#rock gardens#borders#screening#evergreen shrub#hedge
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • var. insularis
    Hardier
  • var. insularis 'Justin Brouwers'
    Green throughout the winter
  • var. insularis 'Nana'
    Low growing
  • var. insularis 'Sunburst'
    variegated foliage
  • var. insularis 'Wintergreen'
    Maintains better winter color
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#container plant#broadleaf evergreen#topiary#privacy#deer resistant#rock gardens#borders#screening#evergreen shrub#hedge
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Buxus
    Species:
    sinica
    Family:
    Buxaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China, Taiwan
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Spreading
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Insignificant greenish-yellow separate male and female flowers in spring
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Bright green lustrous oblong leaves 1 1/2" long
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought