Green Beauty Boxwood or Japanese Boxwood (Buxus microphylla var. japonica)
Buxus microphylla var. japonica or commonly known as Japanese Boxwood or Green Beauty Boxwood is a boxwood variety native to the mountainous areas of Japan in the islands of Shikoku and Kyushu. It’s a fast growing boxwood, can grow to as much as 12 inches per year! At maturity, Green Beauty boxwoods can grow up to 3 to 5 feet tall with a spread of 3 to 5 feet wide. It has glossy rounded leaves and is winter hardy to USDA Zones 6-9. Green Beauty Boxwoods grows well in full sun to part shade in well-drained soil with a good tolerance for periods of moderate soil moisture, heat and humidity. Although care should be taken if grown in full sun since the foliage of Japanese boxwood will turn reddish in the winter and return to green come Spring. While if you plant Japanese boxwood in part shade, the foliage remains green throughout winter. Green Beauty Boxwoods do better in slightly acidic soil. Green Beauty Boxwoods are good boxwoods for hedges. According to the American Society of Boxwoods, Buxus microphylla var. japonica is one of the more frequently found boxwoods in the United States.
When to Prune Green Beauty Boxwoods?
Green Beauty Boxwoods is tolerant to being pruned and are often grown as hedges. However, pay attention to when the last spring frost date is. Prune after the last spring frost. Do not prune too early in the Spring because tender offshoots that grows will be killed by the late spring frost.
Should You Mulch Around Japanese Boxwood?
Mulch around Japanese Boxwood by adding organic mulch of 1 to 2 inches thick.
What Can I do to Help Improve Air Circulation of Green Beauty Boxwoods?
Every year, improve the air circulation of Green Beauty Boxwoods by thinning plants and remove dead or damaged branches.
Should I Let Snow Accumulate on my Green Beauty Boxwoods?
During winter, remove snow accumulations on Green Beauty Boxwoods to minimize branch damage.
How Big Does Green Beauty Boxwood Get?
Green Beauty Boxwoods are fairly fast growing boxwoods growing into a rounded shape that is 3 to 5 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide. Green Beauty Boxwood can grow to as much as 12 inches per year!
Can I Grow Japanese Boxwood in Shade?
Japanese Boxwoods should be grown in part shade. If planted in part shade, the foliage of Japanese boxwoods remains green throughout the winter. While if grown in full sun, the foliage of Japanese boxwood will turn reddish in the winter and return to green come Spring.
What Kind of Soil Condition is ideal for Green Beauty Boxwood?
Green Beauty Boxwood grow best in slightly acidic soil, well-drained soil. It has a good tolerance for periods of moderate soil moisture, heat and humidity.
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