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Japanese Boxwood

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Product Code: BOXJAP2

Buxus microphylla var. japonica

Overall Description

Nice, bright green oval shaped leaves that are somewhat larger than the hybrid boxwoods most commonly seen in landscapes. Also a slightly lighter shade of green than most boxwoods. Makes an excellent medium to large hedge, and appears to be quite easy to grow. Like all other boxwoods, prefers cool, moist well drained soils as well as a small amount of shade to give some protection from scorching summer sun. Good growth rate, but slightly less cold hardy than some commonly used Boxwood varieties. Some bronzing / winter discoloration has been observed in cold, open, or highly exposed planting locations.

Plant Facts & Specifications

Mature Height:
5-6 ft
Mature Width:4-6 ft.
Growth rate: Moderate ( 6"-10" avg per yr )
Hardiness Zones:6-9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Preference: Average. Slightly cool & moist - fertile. Well drained. Mulching recommended.
Foliage Color & Texture: Foliage is slightly lighter green then most typical B. microphyllus varieties, especially the hybrid varieties. Leaf shape slightly more rounded - not as elongated, or "oval" as most of the boxwood hybrids either.
Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: Very small, creamy yellow flowers develop in small clusters in April - May, and are actually quite fragrant for the brief time that they are present.

Diseases / Insects: Japanese Boxwood is much more resistant to most pests / problems that you might see, or encounter with the more specialized boxwood varieties. 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.
Fertilization / Feeding: Either water soluble ( Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or granular ( Holly Tone is excellent ). Other granular types with 6-12-12, or 10-10-10 ratio is acceptable. Best to fertilize in early spring ( 2-4 individual applications ), and again in mid fall ( 2 or 3 individual applications ) - avoid feeding during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting.

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