Buxus microphylla japonica
leaf form of Buxus microphylla japonica
Form: dense, heavily branched shrub; broad and rounded in natural form; often shaped
Size: 2-4ft with equal spread
Leaves: opposite, simple, ovate, margin entire, shiny dark green; leaf coloration may change in winter, sometimes yellow, brownish or reddish
Flowers: not ornamental; small whitish flowers in leaf axils; bloom in spring; pleasant aroma is more noticeable than the flowers
Fruit: small capsule
Stems/Trunks: distinctive stems are flattened, with an angular, square feel
Range/Origin: Japan; in cultivation for centuries
Hardiness: to 0°F
- small hedge or border
- bonsai and topiary
- Exposure: full to part sun; does not take reflected head
- Water: moderate; supplement for best landscape character
- Soil: prepared, good drainage
- Propagation: vegetative cuttings
- Maintenance: low to high; low if left in natural form, high if clipped to shape
aka Japanese boxwood
responds well to being shaped for formal borders, Mickey Mouse ears, etc.
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