Littleleaf Boxwood (Buxus microphylla)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Plant Height: 2' to 4'
Plant Spread: 3' to 5'
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Evergreen
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Fragrant
Flower Color: Green
Other: Small yellowish-green.
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Pollinators: Flies
Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

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Posted by plantladylin (East Central Florida - Zone 9b) on Dec 3, 2011 2:38 PM

Boxwood are evergreen shrubs widely used for small hedges and foundation plantings in the landscape, as well as for topiaries and bonsai. The Littleleaf Boxwood grows to approximately 48" in height and has tiny 3/4 " leaves and inconspicuous but fragrant blooms during the spring.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 4, 2011 4:37 PM

Littleleaf boxwood responds very well to pruning. Hedges and plants used for edging can be trimmed in summer. Hard pruning and major shaping should be done in late spring and followed by a dose of fertilizer and mulch. Don't cultivate around the shallow roots.

Boxwoods do well in partial shade. Newly transplanted plants especially should be protected from midday sun. Established boxwoods do fine in full sun in the North, but should be positioned in partial shade in my location and in the South in general.

Boxwoods have shallow roots, so they should be mulched well and watered when the soil gets dry, especially if positioned in full sun.

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