Baby Jade Boxwood
Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Grejade'
Growzone: 5 - 9
Baby Jade is an exceptionally compact Boxwood only reaching 3 feet tall and wide. It is excellent for use in smaller gardens, borders and focal areas. The dense mass of small, dark-green leaves holds its color throughout the year.
Baby Jade Boxwood is here and it’s kind of a big deal. Think of Baby Jade™ boxwood as Baby Gem’s more petite, compact and good-looking cousin...because that’s exactly what it is! Super-fine evergreen foliage holds its hue throughout the year and makes for perfectly dense hedges. The small but mighty 3 x 3 stature also works wonderfully for smaller gardens or focal areas. Baby Jade Boxwood sets the new standard for 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.
Fossilized remains of Boxwood plants date back to over 22 million years ago. In 4000 B.C. Egyptians used clipped box hedges in their gardens, as did Emperor Augustus during his reign of the Roman empire in 27 BC-14 AD. Since those times there has been a rich documented history of the use of boxwood in the landscape. The first planting in the United States occurred about 1653 at Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island, the NW part of Long Island in New York, using boxwood brought over the Atlantic Ocean from Amsterdam. A Latin translation for Buxus is 'box'and the name may have been derived from its use to make small, finely carved boxes known in Greek as pyxos. Buxus is also Latin for flute; it is said that Roman gardener Pliny grew boxwoods for making musical instruments. Dating back to 4,000 BC, Egyptians used clipped box hedges in their gardens. In Britain, three burial sites of the Roman era featured coffins lined with sprays of evergreen box. During the reign of Emperor Augustus, villas were planted with boxwood hedging and topiary, and during the reign of Henry VII, it has been written that Tudor gardens featured clipped boxwood knot gardens with thrift or cotton lavender bordering them.