Korean boxwood is a small, mounded broad-leaf evergreen shrub with small, glossy, light green leaves and a uniform, formal habit.
- Evergreen (foliage year-round)
- Zone 4
- Zone 5
- Zone 6
- Zone 7
- Zone 8
- Zone 9
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Partial sun (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Occasional drought
- Alkaline soil
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Small shrub (3-5 feet)
- Low-growing shrub (under 3 feet)
- Mixed border
- Early winter
- Mid winter
- Late winter
Size and Form
2 to 2 1/2 feet high and 4 to 5 feet wide; form is mounded but somewhat open
Tree & Plant Care
Mulch to keep root system cool and moist; the evergreen foliage needs to be protected 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 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
Cultivars and their differences
Wintergreen (Buxus microphylla var. koreana ‘Wintergreen’ ): 2 to 3 feet high and wide; compact; maintains green color in winter better than the species.