Family: Buxaceae

Scientific Name: Buxus microphylla var koreana

Common Name: Korean Boxwood


Korean Boxwood (Buxus microphylla var koreana) This Boxwood does not seem to be as hardy (in zone #5) as many of the other cultivars available.

Plant TypeShrubs Broadleaf Evergreen, Site author's observations
Hardiness Zone5-9
Sunlightfull, mostly sunny, semi-shade
Soil & Siteaverage
Flowersinconspicuous, not ornamental, apetalis, white/yellowish, occur in the early spring, may smell
Fruit3 celled capsule, shinny black seeds
Leavesgreen, small, evergreen, can bronze in cold temperatures
Dimensionscan easily be kept to 3-4 by 3-4 feet
MaintenanceI like to shear the plants after the new foliage has hardened. If you shear to early, a lot of the new growth will be missed because it still may not have extended
Author's NotesI have planted close to a hundred Boxwood. Most are very hardy to the area I live in (zone #5) except for the Korean Boxwood. Have lost most of the dozen or so I have used throughout the years and only lost an occasional one of the other cultivars like Green Velvet, Winter Green, Winter Gem, etc.
Notes & Reference#01-Manual of Woody Landscape Plants (Michael Dirr)
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