The Q&A Archives: Boxwood

Question: I would like to know what is the difference in Green Beauty Boxwood and the Japenese Boxwood and if you can plant them together?

Answer: They are very similar, being varieties of Buxus microphylla japonica or Japanese Boxwood. Japanese boxwood takes dry conditions and alkaline soil. It grows slowly, usually to 4-6 feet. Buxus microphylla japonica 'Green Beauty' is hardier than common Japanese boxwood (to -10 degrees), maintains a deep green color in cold weather and stays mostly green in hot weather. B.m.j. 'Winter Gem' is the hardiest of all the Japanese boxwoods. If you plant them together you'll notice a difference in the leaf color but the leaf texture and shape will be the same.

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