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Buxus microphylla var. japonica

Buxus microphylla var. japonica  
Japanese Box   

Comments, Features & Uses:

Hardy compact evergreen shrub with glossy, dark green, oval foliage. Can be used as a simple, clipped garden border/hedge or used to create elaborate patterns as found in parterre gardens. Ideal for clipping into well define formal shapes and topiary.

Cultivars:

Naturally Occurring:                    

Japan.

Dimensions:     

1-3m h x 1-3m w/ 150mm cal.

Aspect:

Full sun to partial shade.

Coastal Tolerance:                

Second line with protection.

Soil Requirements:

Tolerates wide range of soils, from mildly acidic to mildly alkaline (ie chalky) but important to be well drained.

Moisture Requirements:

Requires little water once established but does prefer moist soils. Will tolerate drier conditions but may suddenly brown off if allowed to dry out.

Temperature Range:

Suitable climate zones are cool, temperate, arid, semi-arid, mild tropical and tropical. Tolerates frost. It is the best Buxus for warmer regions as it tolerates heat better than other forms.

Maintenance and Fertiliser Requirements:

Prune regularly to maintain shape.

Pests and Diseases:

No specific pest or disease problems.

Spacing Guide:

250mm for hedging.

Typical Container Sizes Available:

140mm, 200mm and 300mm.

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