Japanese Boxwood (Buxus microphylla japonica)


Japanese Boxwood

Buxus microphylla japonica

The Japanese Boxwood is an attractive evergreen shrub that is an excellent option for those looking to add a small to medium formal hedge for use as a barrier or along walls and walkways. Native to Japan, Buxus microphylla japonica is also ideal for use in formal gardens or as a nice contrast to looser plants in your landscape. In fact, this is an ideal shrub for landscape neat freaks, where it is a great choice for pruning into topiary or geometric shapes, or even for bonsai! This shrub features beautiful, dense, glossy bright green foliage and since it is an evergreen, it keeps its greenery all year long!

Anyone that desires a formal appearance in their landscape is sure to love Japanese Boxwood. It grows well in partial to full shade exposures and has low to moderate water requirements once established. It is a cold hardy shrub that loves to grow in the Southern California region, where you will often see this beauty adorning front yards shaped into green bubbles in a garden or used as a low privacy screen.

There is no denying that one of the best uses for them is as a hedge, and since they do not get very tall, we love to plant them as the perfect border edging along a driveway, making them an excellent alternative to a wall in the front yard! They grow very well in containers too, where they are often used to dress a patio or deck. We also love to plant Japanese Boxwoods around swimming pools, where their design style blends in perfectly with its surrounding. This is an excellent shrub for any landscape, no matter how you choose to use them!

Homeowners and landscapers alike appreciate the toughness and versatility of the Japanese Boxwood shrub! At Palm Paradise, we do what no one else does. We are the only people that custom-grow them from our premium quality specimens and have been doing so for over 20 years, so we can assure their quality!

  • Partial to full shade exposures
  • Cold hardy
  • Low to moderate watering needs
  • Tough and versatile shrub


Small to medium hedge or foundation shrub

Evergreen even in the coldest winters

Part sun, will acclimate to full sun

Attractive dense bright green leaves