Buxus microphylla japonica is a moderate growing evergreen shrub that grows up to 2 metres tall with distinct small glossy green oval leaves.
Buxus microphylla japonica makes a great hedge or small border plant.
Due to the dense foliage and easy pruning a few times per growing season, this plant is ideally suitable for hedging.
It should be planted in full sun and in a soil that is free draining, although it will tolerate a wide range of soils and part shade. If the plant is being used as a hedge – it is preferred to be in soil that is dug well and entrenched with organic matter to make sure the plant thrives.
Problems may arise with pests and diseases such as yellowing of the leaves which could mean lime deficiency within the soil. This can be treated using Dolomite Lime. Another problem that may arise could be scale – to treat use white oil.
What should I feed my Buxus microphylla japonica?
It is essential that this plant is not over-watered otherwise the soil will go soggy. It is best to fertilise this plant in Autumn and Spring with a complete fertiliser. If needed, the soil may need Dolomite Lime added to it as this plant doesn’t grow well in acidic soils.
Foliage: The leaves are green and glossy – it is a hardy, dense and bushy plant
Planting requirements: Plant in an open position in the sun in well-drained, free-draining soil that is not acidic
Uses: Hedging, topiary and edging
Care: Needs to be watered regularly until well-established and needs to be pruned several time during the warmer seasons – must be fed with a complete fertiliser during Autumn and Spring