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Buxus microphylla japonica

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 is perhaps the most popular shrub for low hedging. More often than not, they are planted side by side to create a formal garden structure. It is a slow grower with densely allocated foliage, allowing plenty of time to create a linear, topiary, or spherical shape by shearing or clipping. Given to a naturally rounded shape, it also has a pleasing form if left untended. Japanese Boxwoods will not exceed 4-6 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide, 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. It is suggested that Buxus microphylla japonica might best be kept out of intense desert heat and alkaline soil though its success rate far exceeds that of the Buxus sempervirens (English Boxwood) in these challenging environments. Depending on its location, its foliage may acquire a bronze cast in the winter. It has the coveted distinction of being drought-tolerant as well as resistant to nematodes.