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Buxus microphylla/Littleleaf Boxwood

Buxus microphylla / Buxus microphylla
The most popular boxwood in the Lower South
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The most popular boxwood in the Lower South

Clipped boxwood

Clipped boxwood parterre (patterned garden setting)

Clipped common boxwood

Clipped, specimen boxwood

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Scientific Name: Buxus microphylla
Common Name: Littleleaf Boxwood
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Comments: Slow growing and leaves turn bronze with freezing temperatures. Cultivation around boxwood roots should be very light or not at all because of the shallow roots. Best to mulch around the base of boxwood with pine straw or equivalent. Very popular boxwood for parterre work in the Lower South. Takes pruning quite well, although several prunings may be required annually to maintain a crisp hedge or strong pattern in the garden.