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Buxus microphylla japonica 'Green Beauty'

Japanese Boxwood
  • Plant Type:
  • Shrub
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Evergreen
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Medium
  • Also Grown As:
  • Bush
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 4-6' x 4-6'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Rounded
  • Native To:
  • Japan
  • Exposure:
  • Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
  • Water:
  • Medium Water
  • Flower Color:
  • Insignificant
  • Special Features:
  • Cold Hardy, Deer Resistant, Desert Conditions, Hedge, Intermountain Conditions, Shade Tolerant
  • Container Sizes:
  • #1, #5, #15
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • 3b-24
  • Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone:
  • 6


Buxus microphylla japonica “Green Beauty” is arguably the most popular shrub for low hedging. Often they are planted side by side to create a formal garden structure. Its distinctive property is its ability to retain its vibrant green foliage despite cold and hot temperatures, a claim that regular Japanese Boxwood cannot make. As a slow grower with densely allocated foliage, it allows plenty of opportunity to fashion a linear, topiary, or spherical shape by shearing or clipping. Given to a naturally rounded shape, it also has a pleasing shape if left untended. Buxus microphylla japonica “Green Beauty” will not exceed 4-6 feet in height or 3-4 feet in width, and it is very possible to keep them quite low indeed. Easy to grow in Sunset Garden zones 3b-24, this Japanese native bears nearly round small leaves of intense bright green. This shrub has the coveted distinction of being drought-tolerant as well as resistant to nematodes.