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Buxus microphylla (Boxwood, Wintergem)
Contrast of New and Old foliage

Boxwood, Wintergem

Buxus microphylla 'Winter Gem'

Winter Gem Boxwood is a popular evergreen shrub admired for its versatility in landscaping. It is celebrated for its dense foliage and compact growth habit, making it an ideal choice for hedges, topiaries, and formal gardens. It is not preferred over the Japanese Boxwood trimming into various shapes and form as the foliage is not as dense. Still, it responds well to pruning, allowing for intricate detailing and maintaining its desired appearance. The foliage is a darker green color over the Japanese Boxwood, and has a slightly faster growth habit to couple its taller mature height.

In addition to its aesthetic appeal, Winter Gem Boxwood boasts shallow root systems, making it suitable for planting near structures or in confined spaces such as urban gardens. However, this characteristic also requires careful attention to watering, as shallow roots are more susceptible to drying out. Mulching around the base of the plant helps retain moisture, regulates soil temperature, and suppresses weed growth, promoting overall health and vigor. Furthermore, mulching provides a protective layer for the roots, particularly beneficial during hot, dry summers commonly experienced in Texas regions. Winter Gem also exhibits higher freeze tolerance than Japanese, but only slightly.

Native to East Asia, including Japan and China, Boxwood thrives in well-drained soils with a slightly acidic, fertile, loamy soils enriched with organic matter. Adequate drainage is essential to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot. Winter Gem Boxwood in partial shade to full sun exposure ensures optimal growth and foliage density, though it can tolerate some shade.



4 Feet



4 Feet

Interesting Notes

Leaves are toxic to pets.

USDA Hardiness Zone 6b

Available Sizes:

Item Description
BOX-GEM-05 #003 BOXWOOD, WINTER GEM View Current Crop Photo
BOX-GEM-15 #015 BOXWOOD, WINTER GEM View Current Crop Photo

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
Full Sun to Part Shade
Water Needs
Soil pH Preference