This evergreen has a bit of a romantic history: its hardwood was used in ancient times for making boxes and small containers in its native Japan. The Winter Gem Boxwood is extremely versatile in its uses and is now prized for its dense foliage. It can be sheared into low hedges, topiaries, planted within simple or ornate parterres, and define borders in a landscape. Additionally, cuttings from boxwoods like Winter Gem are regaining their ancient popularity for modern uses such as seasonal spring wreaths! Over winter, the foliage of Winter Gem Boxwood may turn a golden-bronze; however, it is one of the first plants to become green in the spring. This plant thrives in partial to full sun in hardiness zones 5-9. It grows best in well-drained, neutral to slightly acidic soil. Left unsheared, it can grow to 4-6 feet tall and wide. Easy to care for with a moderate growth rate, you’re sure to be pleased with this versatile cultivar.
- Winter Gem Boxwood is evergreen, providing year-round interest.
- This is a very hardy small-leaved boxwood suitable for small hedges.
- Dense foliage makes this plant an amazing hedge.
- Winter Gem Boxwood is also a perfect plant for parterres or borders to define garden spaces.
- Shape this boxwood as a topiary or cone for beautiful winter containers flanking an entryway.
Winter Gem Boxwood
Buxus microphylla japonica 'Winter Gem'