Buxus microphylla var. koreana 'Wintergreen'
shrub best suited for use as a hedge or low growing border. Fairly
small, oblong dark green leaves all year long. Moderate growth rate -
enjoys part sun/ part shade best, and cool, moist soil with organic
content. Soil needs to be well drained. very hardy variety of boxwood.
Very compact, dense growth habit. This boxwood has shown to hold a very
good green color through cold weather - better than most other boxwood
varieties. Yet in highly exposed areas of wintry weather conditions ( mainly cold winds ), bronzing can be expected to various degrees.
This variety responds very well to trimming, and can be maintained in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, heights, widths, forms, etc. Widely used throughout the U.S. in a variety of applications.
Plant Facts & Specifications
Mature Height: 3-4 ft
Mature Width: 4-5 ft.
Growth rate: Moderate ( 4"-8" avg per yr )
Hardiness Zones: 5-9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade - sheltered location to minimize any bronzing in winter.
Soil Preference: Average. Slightly cool & moist - fertile. Well drained. Mulching recommended.
Foliage Color & Texture: Foliage
typical of most B. microphylla varieties - small, oval shaped. Good
dark green mature foliage - new foliage / growth is a lighter shade of
green, maturing into the dark green color
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
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.
Fertilization / Feeding: Either
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