Korean boxwood is a small, mounded, broadleaf evergreen shrub with small, glossy, light green leaves with a uniform formal habit.
This plant has some cultivated varieties. Go to list of cultivars.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Evergreen (foliage year-round)
- Mixed border,
- Small shrub (3-5 feet),
- Low-growing shrub (under 3 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8,
- Zone 9
- Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest:
- Early winter,
- Mid winter,
- Late winter
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Tree & Plant Care
Grows 2 to 2 1/2 feet high and 4 to 5 feet wide; form is mounded but somewhat open.
Best in full sun or part shade.
Tolerant of most soil types but needs good drainage.
Tolerant of aerial salt spray
Mulch to keep root system cool and moist.
Protect evergreen foliage from drying winds, especially in winter.
Tolerant of pruning and shearing.
An extremely hardy plant that is a good choice for northern climates.
Disease, pests and problems
Psyllids and leaf miners are possible insect problems.
Root rot can be a problem in wet soils.
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to Asia.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Simple, opposite oval leaves
Bright green foliage in summer turns brownish yellow in winter
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Inconspicuous, but fragrant
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Small, dry capsule; not ornamentally important
Wintergreen (Buxus microphylla var. koreana 'Wintergreen'): 2 to 3 feet high and wide with a compact form. Maintains better green color in winter than the species.