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Japanese Boxwood (Buxus microphylla japonica)


Japanese Boxwood Hedge (Buxus microphylla japonica)

  • Evergreen: Even in coldest winters
  • Strong: Drought tolerant, Cold hardy
  • No flowers: No mess

Japanese Boxwood Hedge Details

The Japanese Boxwood is a shrub that is an excellent option for those looking to add a small to medium formal hedge for use as a barrier or along walls and walkways. This shrub features beautiful, dense, glossy bright green foliage and since it is an evergreen, it keeps its greenery all year long!

It has a slow growth rate and does not blossom, which means less time pruning and other upkeep compared to other plants. Homeowners and landscapers alike appreciate the toughness and versatility of the Japanese Boxwood shrub!

Japanese Boxwood Hedge Basic Care

If you are looking for plants to add a formal appearance in your landscape, the Japanese Boxwood is sure to fit your needs. It grows well in partial to full shade exposures and has low to moderate water requirements, once established.

It is a cold hardy shrub that is tough enough to handle most extreme weather from cold winter temperatures to scorching summer months. Because of its slow growth, upkeep will be minimal to maintain a clean, formal look. This boxwood would benefit from being fertilized in the spring time.

Japanese Boxwood Hedge Landscape Uses

It is ideal for use in formal gardens or as a nice contrast to looser or colorful plants in your landscape. This is an idyllic shrub for landscape neat freaks that like clean, formed lines in their designs. This boxwood is also great for pruning into topiary or geometric shapes, or even for bonsai.

The Japanese Boxwood loves to grow in the southwestern region, where you will often see this beauty shaped into green mounds, in a garden, or used as a low privacy screen. Since they do not get very tall, we love to plant them as the perfect border edging along a driveway or sidewalks. They can also be grown in containers and placed on your patio or deck to add some foliage to those spaces that are usually scarce of any plants.

The Moon Valley Difference

At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer vibrant and healthy plants that are ready to provide added value and instant beauty around your home. We also offer free design consultation at all of our nursery locations with an expert designer to make your landscaping goals a reality!


Small to medium hedge or foundation shrub

Evergreen even in the coldest winters

Part sun, will acclimate to full sun

Attractive dense bright green leaves