Japanese Box, Buxus microphylla var. japonica - Ideal for creating small hedges, balls and other topiary

Japanese Box is an evergreen shrub with lime green oval-shaped leaves that are often used for creating small compact hedges. It is a quicker growing alternative to English Box which is very slow-growing. Japanese Box is best suited to full sun and light shade.

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Buxus microphylla var. japonica

Buxus microphylla var. japonica, commonly called Japanese Box, is native to the mountains of Japan. Japanese Box is a great plant for creating small compact hedges. It responds well to trimming and is drought and frost tolerant. It will grow in a wide range of climates from the coast to inland climates. Flowers are small and inconspicuous.

Height & Width

50cm to 1.5 metres tall X 30cm to 1.5 metres wide

Flowers and Fruit

Flowers are small and inconspicuous


Full sun to part shade.

Soil Type

Wide range of soil types.


Trim to train as a hedge 2 to 3 times a year. As the hedge grows trim to shape.

Planting Rates

For hedges use 3 to 5 plants per linear metre

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