Buxus microphylla var. japonica ‘Wintergreen’ is vigorous, boxwood that is ideal foundation plant. Great for use in medium sized hedges. Very tolerant of pruning or shearing. Fills space quickly. Attractive in any landscape.

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Buy Wintergreen Boxwood Description

Common Name: Wintergreen Boxwood
Botanical: Buxus microphylla
Leaves: Broadleaf evergreen- Oval
Color: Green all year around.
Mature Size: 3-4 feet tall and 3-5 feet wide.
Growth Habit: Small shrub
Growth Rate: Considered to be a faster grower for a boxwood in zones 5-9. Slower rate in zones 5+ than in zone 8 and 9.
Needs: Well drained soils and good air circulation.
Maintenance: Pruning is suggested to encourage branch development during the year. Once mature, occasional shearing is needed to maintain desired shape.
Moisture Needs: Regular water schedule to ensure the growth of a good establish root system. After the mature root system is established, watering can be reduced, except during a drought, watering is needed regularly.
Mulching: Recommended to deter weeds.
Hardy Zone: 5 to 9.

Planting Tips

  • First, always make sure to pick a planting area that is best for the plants growth needs. (ie. soil conditions, drainage, sun exposure and moisture requirements
  • Because roots need room to grow, make sure to always dig a hole the same size deep as the plants root ball and twice as wide
  • Also make sure the plants root ball is even or just above the areas ground level because you don't want to plant too deeply
  • Backfill with the remaining soil and any added mixture like compost, black cow or even regular potting soil
  • Water in the plant well because this will help remove any air pockets that may remain after back-filling.
  • In addition, watering will depend on the type of plant that you planted.
  • Most, but not all, will need a regular water schedule to ensure the growth of a mature root system. if you like in an area with high rainfall, do not over water.
  • Finally, mulching is recommended to deter weeds and keep the moisture content high, also to keep temperatures low.