Korean Boxwood

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The dense and fluffy tiny foliage of the Korean Boxwood (Buxus microphylla var. koreana) is a broadleaf evergreen shrub with a compact, mounded form with an open habit when grown naturally. It doesn't require special care but if you prefer, you can easily shape it into precise shapes.

You'll likely miss the tiny, greenish-yellow flowers that appear in spring, but you'll easily notice the fragrance they emit and the pollinators they will draw to your yard! The 3/4-inch, ovate leaves range from a lovely light-green to medium-green shade, their dense nature providing a full, robust appearance.

The evergreen leaves shift to a yellow-brown to purplish in winter, a little added color for your autumn landscape. Hardy throughout USDA planting zones 5 to 9, these mature at 2-3 feet in height but spread wide at 4-6 feet. The Korean Boxwoods prefer moist, sandy loam with slightly acidic to slightly alkaline pH in the sun. In colder winters, the lush green leaves may turn bronzy.

Planting and Application:

These are often used as a specimen plant in a formal garden! Both sheared or naturally fluffy, Boxwood can be shaped into any form you'd like! These plants are a perfect choice if you are looking to create an extremely low-maintenance garden. This is a perfect "plant it and forget it" plant that will provide much-needed green color and structure to your landscaping.

Just imagine a row of these lining your driveway as a stately welcome to your home! Planted as lush evergreen foundation hedges that won't block your windows, Korean Boxwoods are wonderful lower screening barriers and backdrops. Place a few of these for a short hedge along your front walkway or use one as a lovely accent at the border of your flower bed. The possibilities with this beautiful workhorse are endless!

Plant in large containers and planters as a trained Topiary, or as a sheared low border that will enclose a landscaping bed in year-round greenery. You will feel like you stepped into a castle garden! Go big with en masse plantings that fill your landscape with low-maintenance greenery to tie everything together.

  • Dense Fine-Textured Evergreen Shrub
  • Low-Growing Wide-Spreading Form
  • Tiny Pollinator-Friendly Blooms
  • Wonderfully Fluffy Natural Shrub & Dense When Formally Sheared
  • Low Hedges, Backdrops, Containers, Topiaries & Screening

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Boxwood needs full sun for the densest greenest growth. Provide a location with well-drained soil and regular moisture, needing less moisture once established. All plants appreciate being planted with the life-long support of Nature Hills Root Booster and 3-4 inches of arborist mulch over the entire root system.

People are curious about when to trim Boxwoods, but it's easy! Simply prune your shrub after the first flush of growth in the late spring to keep that formal look. If left untrimmed, it has a classic free-form growth! It's not necessary to plant Korean Boxwood in a sheltered location, but it would prefer to have a protected spot from harsh winter winds. Give plants subjected to drying northern winds an application of wilt-stop and a long drink before winter to prevent windburn.

Deer and rabbit pose no problem for Korean Boxwood and it's relatively resistant to the major pests that usually bother Boxwoods.

  • Full Sun Evergreens
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Highly Adaptable - Any Well-Drained Soil Type
  • Prune Or Shear After Flowering/First Flush of Growth
  • Deer, Rabbit, Insect & Pest Resistant

All in all, the Korean Boxwood Shrub is a hardy variety of Boxwood that will ask very little of you, yet provide an abundance of value! Order enough to complete your landscaping project today from Nature Hills Nursery!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
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100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
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Korean Boxwood Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Buxus microphylla var. koreana
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Color Insignificant
Foliage Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes