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Buxus microphylla var japonica

An evergreen hardy compact shrub with dark green oval leaves. Buxus japonica is the best box hedge for warmer regions as it tolerates heat better than other Buxus plants. It is suitable for a full sun to part shade position and requires little water once established. Plant 40 cm apart for hedging. 1m H x 70cm W in 3 years.

Buxus plants are a traditional favourite, as they are perfect for formal evergreen hedges. Small glossy green leaves on a compact dense shrub, make them perfect for clipping or topiary. They are relatively slow growing, and shade tolerant.

Supplied in 50mm pot.

  • Frost tolerant once established
  • Suitable for areas with full sun
  • Suitable for areas with part shade
  • Suitable for areas with full shade
  • Ideal in pots or containers
  • Grows 70cm wide
  • Grows to 1m high

Availability: OUT OF STOCK/OUT OF SEASON! Available to order most of the year, unless sold out.


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The exception to this guarantee is discounted, end of season stock which is sold on an ‘as is’ basis. Generally this stock is sound but should be planted as soon as possible and may not perform as well as normal in season products.

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Planting Width: Varies depending on the species. (refer to measurements in the catalogue.)
Depth: Plant in soil the same level as in the pot.
Positioning: Full Sun to Part Shade
General Information: We sell many varieties of hedging plants, for example, Buxus (English Box, Japanese Box etc), Euonymus, Ligustrum, Pittosporum, Photinia and Westringia. Most hedging plants are suitable for a range of climates
and are very adaptable to different conditions.
Soil: Well Drained.
Watering: Regular deep watering in dry spring and summer conditions in required. Hedging plants like to be well watered.
Fertilising: Ensure that the soil is well dug and prepared with organic matter such as well-rotted animal manure, blood and bone or leaf mould. Mulch well to conserve water and keep roots cool.
Pruning: Shaping and pruning may need to be done several times during the growing period to keep plants in shape and to train them (if using as topiary.) Any hard pruning should be done in late winter. Some species are good in tubs, formal and informal hedges, privacy screens, and topiary.
Tips: Prune regularly to avoid hedge looking bushy and straggly. When shaping your hedge, it is important that the finished item has a slight wedge shape, with the top foliage slightly narrower than the lower foliage. This will enable all branches access to light, and will result in an overall healthier hedge with foliage all the way down to the ground level. Some species are known to perform better in different climates and situations. Eg: Photinia dislikes humidity, Japanese Box tolerates more heat than the other Buxus spp. Rely on information in catalogue for suitability to your particular situation. For an informal planting or specimen shrubs, trim lightly once or twice during the growing season to encourage compact