'Wintergreen' Boxwood - Buxus sinica var. insularis
How cute are these little guys? Commonly called Korean littleleaf boxwood, this shrub is a dense, many-branched, broad, compact, mounding evergreen shrub. It has a loose and open habit, unless pruned. Mr. Slow Poke, the 'Wintergreen' boxwood is a slow grower:: roughly growing only an inch and a half per year and typically is grown as a 2-2.5' tall shrub with a larger spread. However, it can reach 5' tall after 25 years if not pruned lower. The 'Wintergreen' boxwood is extremely hardy variety that is a fabulous choice for northern climates. Flowers are sparse and insignificant, but quite fragrant.
Did you know? Common name of boxwood is regarding the prior use of the wood to make boxes. Try to picture that! Hmmm, but it is tolerant of pruning and shearing and its roots appreciate a good mulch (1-2 "). ;)
'Wintergreen', as you can guess from the name, is less likely to "bronze" in winter. Formerly known as and sometimes still sold as Buxus microphylla var. koreana 'Wintergreen'.
Light: Full sun to part shade Height: 2-4' Width: 3-5' Spacing: 3-5' Hardiness: Zone 4-9 Bloom Time: April Color: Leaves are dark green with greenish yellow flowers Habit: Hedge Water: Medium Feeding: Not necessary Soil: Average, medium moisture, well-drained soil Care: Low maintenance
Suggestions: Use as a small hedge or planted in mass as a ground cover. Also useful as in small groups in a variety of landscape applications including foundation plantings or shrub borders. Creative pruning lends itself to all kinds of wild formations. Go wild!