Buxus microphylla 'Winter Beauty'
little evergreen boxwood is a hard one to come by, and yet one of the
hardiest we have found. Has very small, oval green leaves that turn a
beautiful orange to coppery / bronze color in the winter. This winter color display is much more pronounced when this variety is planted in open, or highly exposed locations to cold, wintry winds & harsh conditions. Very nice & bright green
during the warmer seasons, and equally as bright & beautiful in the
winter. As usual with boxwoods, prefers cool, moist, well drained
soils. Can be planted full sun to part shade. Makes a very nice short hedge when maintained & trimmed at a shorter height - good foliage density.
Plant Facts & Specifications--Mature Height :
3 - 3 1/2 ft
--Mature Width :
3 - 3 1/2 ft.
--Growth Rate :
Slow ( 3" - 5" avg per yr )
--Hardiness Zones :
4 - 8
--Sun Exposure :
Full to partial sun - will even do very well in partial shade areas.
--Soil Preference :
Average. Slightly cool & moist - fertile. Mulching recommended.
--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen broadleaf - Foliage
of most B. microphylla varieties - small, oval shaped. Good
dark green mature foliage - newer foliage growth slightly brighter
green. Good density. Very heavy bronzer......especially when planted in
open, exposed locations. If planted in sheltered locations, much less
bronzing will be observed with this variety.
--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
present. Will attract bees while in bloom.
--Diseases / Insects :
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 :
A spacing of about 20" apart is recommended for most typical low growing hedge applications.
--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 a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.