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Wintergreen Boxwood

Littleleaf Boxwood

Wintergreen boxwood is a broadleaf evergreen with a rounded growth habit native to Korea. The delicate green foliage is dense and tiny. It does well in a colder climate and does not suffer the yellowing many other boxwood cultivars do during the winter.

May experience some bronzing of foliage in the winter in some regions. Left to grow on its own, it can make a lovely specimen plant. It can also be sheared into a hedge or made into a beautiful bonsai. This cultivar is also known as 'Littleleaf' boxwood.

Landscaping Ideas

Wintergreen boxwood can make a lovely hedge to line your garden, go along your driveway or follow the perimeter of your property. You can also use boxwood as a nice shrub to complement your other plantings. Its bright evergreen leaves give you interest year round when other plants have gone dormant.

Plant with colorful rhododendrons, redleaf or Helmond Pillar barberry or other colorful plants. Prune it into a low growing edging plant for flower beds or herb gardens. Boxwood can make a nice backdrop to colorful annuals or seasonal perennials.

Boxwood Care

The Wintergreen can be planted in almost any soil, though it prefers a nice sandy loam. Its moderate growth habit means you only need to worry about pruning once a year if you are maintaining a hedge. It does well in either full sun or partial shade. Its bright green leaves will help lighten up a shady corner of the yard.

In the spring, Wintergreen boxwood produces tiny fragrant flowers. If you let it grow naturally, it will grow to a height between 2 to 4 feet. It can spread to 3 to 5 feet wide if left unchecked after many years. Water regularly until the plant is well established. It is somewhat drought tolerant, but it may suffer yellowing without additional water.

Fertilize in the spring with an all purpose fertilizer to support new growth. The roots appreciate a good layer of mulch over slightly acidic soil.

Boxwood Information

  • Scientific Name: Buxus microphylla 'Winter Green'

  • Best Soil: Sandy to Clay Loam is preferred, but it is adaptable

  • Light: Full sun to part shade

  • Growth Rate: Moderate

  • Foilage: Green

  • Fall Color: Green

  • Bloom: Tiny cream colored flowers in spring; hardly noticeable visually; known for the fragrance

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows to a height of 2 ? 4 feet; 3 ? 5 feet wide; round growth habit

  • Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8

  • Plant Spacing: 3 to 4 feet apart for hedges

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