The Q&A Archives: Can I grow a Japanese Boxwood?

Question: Hi, We live in Rohnert Park, CA in Sonoma County. This summer we traveled to New York where we saw hundreds of plants/trees called

Answer: Buxus microphylla japonica or 'Japanese Boxwood', is one of the most adaptable plants you can imagine and yes, you can grow it in your landscape. Japanese Boxwood is ideal for hedges, borders and topiaries. It has bright green foliage in summer and turns bronzy orange in winter. Foliage is tightly packed onto an upright plant with dense branching for hedge or topiary. It responds well to pruning. Japanese boxwood will grow in full sun to full shade and will grow naturally to 6' in height but can be pruned into a hedge shape 4' tall and 3' wide. Japanese boxwood is relatively tolerant of drought but it is important to keep them watered regularly during their first year in your landscape. If you build a watering basin or water well beneath each plant it will be easy to keep them well watered. Simply mound a few inches of soil around each plant, 8-10 inches away from the main stems. Once a week fill the basin with water, allow to drain, then fill a second time. Watering in this way will concentrate the moisture over the root mass and allow it to trickle down, wetting the entire root system.

Best wishes with your Japanese boxwoods!

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