Winter Gem Boxwood Shrubs

Buxus microphylla japonica 'Winter Gem'

Growzone: 5-9

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This Plants Growzone: 5-9
Mature Height: 4 to 6 feet / less if trimmed
Mature Width: 4 to 6 feet / less if trimmed
Classification: Evergreen Shrub
Sunlight: Partial to Full Sun
Habit: Evergreen, dense foliage
Flower Color: Inconspicuous
Foliage: New growth emerges bright green changing to dark green and golden bronze in fall and winter
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established

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Winter Gem Boxwood or Buxus Winter Gem is one of the best boxwood for cooler areas of the country. Unlike other boxwoods, it will keep its vibrant green foliage all winter, even with temperatures falling to below freezing. This classic easy-to-grow, hardy evergreen shrub is perfect for hedges, pruned specimen plants, container planting, and is easily clipped into a topiary ball, pyramid, and spiral shapes.

    Reasons to buy Winter Gem Boxwood

    • Hardy, easy-to-grow shrub that is tolerant of wide range of soil and light conditions
    • Deer, pest and disease resistant
    • Maintains its vibrant green foliage all growing seasons
    • Ideal for hedges or clipped topiary shapes
    • Great for container planting

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    Full Description

    The Winter Gem Boxwood is aptly named. As popular and lovely as they may be, most boxwood shrubs have a habit of having their shiny green foliage turn to a shade of golden bronze and even brown, during harsh winter months. The Winter Gem Boxwood is an exception, at least when planted in those regions where it is known to be hardy. It maintains its green coloration throughout the four growing seasons.

    Growing Winter Gem Boxwood

    If you live in a colder area, you may already have tried to grow boxwood and given up, because of winter browning and die-back or you find the chore of having to wrap your boxwoods with burlap during the winter to protect them from the drying winds. Winter Gem Boxwood is very hardy, pest and disease resistant. Did we mention deer resistant? Hungry deer will walk right by the dark green foliage of this boxwood. 

    It naturally grows to 3 to 5 feet tall, with a broad, rounded shape when left in its natural form. With pruning or shaping it is one of the most beautiful small hedges. It can be kept anywhere from one foot tall to 4 feet tall. It responds well to pruning and is one of the easiest clipped boxwoods.

    Soil Conditions & Light Exposure for Winter Gem Boxwood

    Winter Gem Korean Boxwood which is similar to Buxus microphylla is also tolerant of a wide range of light and soil conditions. It will grow in full sun to moderate shade, and it will thrive in any kind of soil that is not constantly wet. We recommend regular watering until established. An organic high nitrogen fertilizer applied in the spring is all that is needed to keep the clean foliage glossy and rich-green colored. The dark green foliage is a standout against red brick homes and lends itself well to formal gardens. because of its fibrous root system, it is tolerant of normal dry periods. 

    Uses for Winter Gem Boxwood

    Considered the classic evergreen shrub, Winter Gem Boxwood is the classic hedge plant. Its dense, evergreen growth makes it perfect for

    • Shearing into a small, formal hedge or privacy hedge,
    • Ideal for "creating rooms" in the garden or for a sturdy foundation cover-up,
    • Use as a partition to divide your front yard or driveway from your neighbor's,
    • Also beautiful as backdrop for brighter plants. Boxwood Winter Gem is perfect for trimming into topiaries.

    If you are looking for a great plant to create a hedge or clipped into topiary shapes such as balls, pyramids, or spirals than this boxwood is the shrub for you. Maybe you just want a naturally-dense and rounded evergreen shrub, Winter Gem Boxwood is a reliable plant will give you what you're searching for.

    The Winter Gem Korean Boxwood is a very useful garden plant, whether clipped into a hedge plant, or used as a pruned specimen plant, or simply left to grow in its natural form. It is always a popular variety with knowledgeable gardeners in about all growing zones. 

    History and Origin of Winter Gem Boxwood

    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.


    Planting Information

    Follow these planting instructions for the best outcome.

    STEP 1: PLANTING

    STEP 1: PLANTING

    We suggest digging a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant too deep. You should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole.

     STEP 2: FERTILIZE

    STEP 2: FERTILIZE

    It is recommended that you add fertilizer to the bottom of the hole used to plant your newly acquired Winter Gem Boxwood Shrub. This will ensure a healthy start providing the essential nutrients your plant needs to grow.

     STEP 3: WATER

    STEP 3: WATER

    After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Winter Gem Boxwood a good deep watering. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks.

     STEP 4: MULCH

    STEP 4: MULCH

    We highly recommend that you mulch your Winter Gem Boxwood with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient, but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. It is better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.


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