Boxwood Variety Differences - Knowledgebase Question

Lithonia, GA
Question by ffran10417
October 29, 1999
What's the difference between green beauty boxwood and winter gem boxwood? Can I plant them now?

Answer from NGA
October 29, 1999


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 below F), 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. Yes, fall is a good time to plant so that root systems can establish.

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