Shrubs

Winter Gem Boxwood

Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Winter Gem'
An excellent evergreen shrub for small hedges. Among the hardiest of the small-leaved boxwoods, the rich green foliage can acquire a golden bronze hue in cold winter zones, but is one of the first to become green again in spring. Makes a wonderful addition to formal gardens, providing year-round interest.
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Quick Facts

  • Dense, evergreen foliage
  • Great topiary or hedge plant
  • Easy care

Details

An excellent evergreen shrub for small hedges. Among the hardiest of the small-leaved boxwoods, the rich green foliage can acquire a golden bronze hue in cold winter zones, but is one of the first to become green again in spring. Makes a wonderful addition to formal gardens, providing year-round interest.

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About This Plant

Type

Shrubs

Leaf Color

Green

Flowering

Insignificant flowering

Mature Height

Up to 72 inches

Mature Width

Up to 72 inches

Landscape Uses

Foundation, Hedges & Privacy, Patio & Containers

Features

Easy care, year-round interest

Grower/Brand

Monrovia

California residents please see Prop 65 WARNING

Seasonality

Leaf Lifespan

Evergreen

Leaf Time of Year

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Care Tips

Planting Instructions
If soil in container is dry, water plants prior to planting. Dig a hole at least twice the diameter of the root ball and 1.5 times deeper. Mix fertilizer or compost into the soil and return a few inches of soil mixture to the planting hole. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease out the roots on the surface of the root ball. Plant with the top of the root ball at ground level. Back-fill around the root ball with the rest of the soil mixture, gently firming it in as you go, and build a short berm of soil around the plant to create a watering basin. Water the plant thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots. Keep new plants well-watered the first summer, checking for water needs daily or every other day. Covering the root ball and area around the plant with 1-3 inches of mulch will help keep roots cool and conserve moisture. Keep mulch from touching tree trunks and plant stems.
General Care Description
Apply fertilizer in early spring. Prune as needed to shape.

Effort of Care

Low

Soil Type

Enriched, slightly acidic, well-drained

Growth Rate

Moderate

Light Needs

Tolerates full sun to partial sun. Provide some afternoon shade in hot summers

Water Needs

Mulch root zone to conserve moisture and to keep roots cool. Water deeply and regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established.

Disease and Pests

Generally disease and pest resistant

USDA Hardiness Zone

5

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