Japanese Boxwood

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  • Zones 6 - 9
  • Height 5 - 6 Feet
  • Spread 4 - 6 Feet
  • Plant in Well Drained Soil

The Japanese Boxwood, Buxus microphylla var. Japonica, is a broadleaf evergreen shrub that provides interest in the landscape all four seasons. These shrubs will have delicate small flowers in April and May, that are greenish-cream in color and do have a nice fragrance for a short time. These are very popular shrubs in the south due to the low maintenance necessary and the evergreen foliage. 

Plant singly as a specimen or as a superior privacy hedge. Lots of gardeners also grow these in a garden planter for 4 seasons of interest. Of course this plant is native to Japan, but also native to Taiwan. It also also sometimes known as a littleleaf box. If grown in full sun, the leaves will sometimes turn red instead of green. These shrubs are also very deer resistant. 

Japanese Boxwood Care

Prune Japanese Boxwood can be done anytime of the year. However, it is best not to do it in late fall. You can use hand shears or electric trimmers. Do not trim more than 25% deep into the shrub for the best appearance. Water very deep into the ground, twice a week regularly the first year. Once a week watering the 2nd year. And after that it should require little watering except during long periods of drought. Winter hardy in growing zones 6 to 9. These shrubs will grow up to 6 feet tall and 6 feet wide when fully mature.

Fertilize in early spring, but not the first year after planting. Keep in mind that many boxwoods are killed by excessive fertilizer applications. We recommend a slow release fertilizer such as a 10-10-10. But fertilizing isn't required for these hardy shrubs. These bushes can handle full sun but do beset in partial sunlight conditions. Well drained soil is also a must. We also recommend applying a layer of mulch to help keep in moisture and protect the roots during extreme weather conditions in summer and winter.

Japanese Boxwood Spacing

Plant 3 to 4 feet from center to center when establishing a privacy hedge or garden border. When planting in the shrub border or as a foundation planting, plant 7 to 8 feet apart, center to center.

Japanese Boxwood Plant Facts

USDA Hardiness Zones: 6-9
Flower Color(s): Delicate White Flowers
Bloom Period: Spring
Foliage Color(s): Green
Exposure: Partial Shade to Full Sun
Height: 5-6 Feet
Spread: 4-6 Feet
Spacing: 4 Feet Center on Center
Habit: Rounded
Blooms On: Old Wood
Watering: Average
Shrub Type: Evergreen
Scientific Name: Buxus microphylla var. Japonica
Common Name: Japanese Boxwood

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Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
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It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

4 Reviews - Japanese Boxwood Show Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by Robert Rentfrew on Jul 8th 2020

    good looking plants

  • 5
    hard winter

    Posted by Chris47 on Apr 5th 2019

    we had a weird winter this year and the plants still seem to be doing fine. even when they were covered in snow for a little bit of January. St Louis can have some cold days, but these stayed green the whole time.

  • 4
    happy with my order

    Posted by Raj on Nov 8th 2018

    package came a little beat up, but the plants were healthy. a little smaller than I expected, so hopefully these grow fast. that's why I'm only giving 4 stars instead of 5.

  • 4

    Posted by Norma on Nov 2nd 2018

    I put one of these in the center of my garden, and hope it will grow to be a large centerpiece that is green year round. i think my other plants will look great next to this one.