Monrovia Winter Gem Boxwood Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Winter Gem'

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An excellent evergreen shrub for small hedges. Among the hardiest of the small-leaved boxwoods, the rich green foliage can acquire a golden bronze hue in cold winter zones, but is one of the first to become green again in spring. Makes a wonderful addition to formal gardens, providing year-round interest.

Thrives in enriched, well-drained, neutral to slightly acidic soils. Mulch root zone to conserve moisture and to keep roots cool. Water deeply and regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply fertilizer in early spring. Prune as needed to shape.


Average Size at Maturity Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide, in natural form.
Bloom Time Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Design Ideas This is the classic hedge plant. Its dense, evergreen growth makes it perfect for shearing into a small, formal hedge. Ideal for defining different spaces in the garden or for a tidy foundation cover-up. It is especially lovely against red brick. Use as a partition to divide your front yard or driveway from your neighbor's. Also beautiful as background foliage. Creates lovely topiaries, particularly in cone shapes if planted where it snows. An excellent plant for parterres and hedge mazes. Keeps its color over winter.
Deciduous/ Evergreen Evergreen
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Color Green
Garden Style Asian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Mediterranean
Growth Habit Round
Growth Rate Moderate
Landscape Use Border, Container, Hedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Topiary, Urban Garden
Light Needs Full sun, Partial sun
Soil Needs Tree & Shrub Food
Special Feature Dense Habit, Easy Care, Year-round Interest
Water Needs Moderate
Watering Needs Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.