Buxus microphylla (Japanese Buxus)

In the realm of ornamental shrubbery, few plants captivate the eye and lend such timeless elegance to landscapes as the Buxus microphylla, commonly known as Japanese boxwood. With its evergreen foliage and versatile nature, this species has emerged as a garden favourite.

One of the most compelling traits of the Buxus microphylla lies in its versatility. Whether sculpted into precise shapes or left to grow naturally, this plant adapts graciously, lending itself to various design preferences.

Landscape Uses

Buxus microphylla, is a versatile and popular plant in landscaping due to its adaptability and aesthic appeal. This plant can be used as a hedge or border- it’s dense foliage and ability to withstand pruning make it ideal for shaping into formal or informal hedges that provide privacy or frame garden beds. Buxus microphylla can tolerate frequent shaping making it a favourite for creating topiaries and intricate sculptures. Due to its compact growth habit and evergreen foliage, it’s often used in foundation plantings. Planted near buildings or structures, it is able to soften the harsh lines and add a touch of greenery year-round.

How to plant

Select an area with partial shade to full sun exposure. While it tolerates shade, it thrives best in areas with adequate sunlight. Ensure the soil is loose, well-draining, and amended with organic matter if needed. Break up compacted soil and remove any debris or weeds from the planting area.

For optimal fullness from top to bottom, Buxus are typically planted 300mm apart, with the option to bury them deep enough to conceal their stems. This approach promotes lush growth throughout the hedge. Additionally, Buxus is highly resistant to rot around the base, making it suitable for wet ground conditions.

Care and Maintenance

Perform pruning in late winter or early spring before new growth appears. This helps maintain the desired shape and size, promotes air circulation, and removes dead or diseased branches.

Apply a balanced fertilizer in early spring or late winter to support healthy growth. Avoid overfertilizing, as excessive nutrients can harm the plant. Periodically add organic matter, like compost or well-rotted manure, around the base of the plant to enrich the soil and provide nutrients.

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