Buxus microphylla 'Golden Dream' - Plant Patent #16052
new introduction in the ever growing selection of Boxwood varieties
offered each year around the country. This extremely handsome plant has
good green foliage that is edged & variegated with golden yellow. Growth habit is nice
& compact, and foliage is very dense. Color is most pronounced in
full sun, but will accept either full sun or partial shade. This plant
can be used for anything from a low growing hedge to a nice, neat,
accent in any garden. As with most all boxwoods, it prefers slightly
cooler, moist soils with good drainage. A good top dressing of mulch
around these guys will do wonders to keep the soil conditions very
favorable. This new variety has a very promising future, and is sure to
be a favorite in landscapes.
Plant Facts & Specifications
Mature Height: 3 ft
Mature Width: 3 ft
Growth rate: Moderate ( 4"- 8" avg per yr )
Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade - best color in sunny locations
Soil Preference: Average. Slightly cool & moist - fertile. Mulching recommended.
Foliage Color & Texture:
Evergreen - very
typical of most B. microphylla varieties - small, oval shaped. Mature
foliage is a nice bright green with a golden yellow edging. Newer
foliage can many time be mostly yellow, to completely solid yellow then
matures to the green edged in golden yellow pattern.
Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: Flowers - very
small, rather inconspicuous creamy yellow flowers develop in small clusters in April - May,
and are actually quite fragrant for the brief time that they are
Diseases / Insects: Among
the more prevalent problems one might be confronted with when growing
Boxwood would be: Canker, root rot, boxwood leaf miner, boxwood
webworm, nematodes, and boxwood mites. Most all of these pests /
problems are much more commonly seen on Buxus sempervirens cultivars -
other variations / hybrids seem to show much more resistance to these
problems. Root rot ( Phytopthora ) can be a problem in inadequately
drained soils, and is usually indicated by a lighter "off color" to the
foliage. Annual treatment / inspection is strongly recommended during
the early growing season in order to monitor any possible problems, and
as a preventative action.
Recommended Spacing: Approximately 2 feet apart for most typical hedge plantings - widen spacing if distinction from one plant to another is desired.
Deer Resistance Rating: Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance
Fertilization / Feeding: For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend POOPeas
for use with all of evergreen species.
However, either water soluble ( Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or
granular fertilizers ( Holly Tone is excellent ) are also good options. Most any granular fertilizers with a 6-12-12, or
10-10-10 ratio are also acceptable. Best to fertilize in early spring,
and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers
during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. POOPeas may be used at anytime.Additional Features & Characteristics:
Container / Patio Gardening: Golden Dream Boxwood is an excellent choice for container or patio gardening due to its very small, compact size and non aggressive root system.