Buxus microphylla japonica     
Buxaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


boxwood leaves
leaf form of Buxus microphylla japonica

Form: dense, heavily branched shrub; broad and rounded in natural form; often shaped
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: 2-4ft with equal spread
Leaves: opposite, simple, ovate, margin entire, shiny dark green; leaf coloration may change in winter, sometimes yellow, brownish or reddish
Flowers: not ornamental; small whitish flowers in leaf axils; bloom in spring; pleasant aroma is more noticeable than the flowers
Fruit: small capsule
Stems/Trunks: distinctive stems are flattened, with an angular, square feel
Range/Origin: Japan; in cultivation for centuries
Hardiness: to 0°F


small boxwood hedge
Buxus microphylla


aka Japanese boxwood
responds well to being shaped for formal borders, Mickey Mouse ears, etc.

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