Buxus microphylla var. koreana
Korean Littleleaf Boxwood
BUK-sus mi-kro-FIL-a kor-e-A-na
B. microphylla var. japonica
B. sinica var. insularis
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, upright, to about 2 ft (0.6 m) tall, greater width, somewhat open; young branches slightly pubescent. Leaves opposite, simple, ovate to oblong, 1-2 cm long, margin in rolled, entire, medium green, turning brown in winter.
- Sun to part shade. Very winter hardy.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4
- The New Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening (Huxley, 1992), lists three botanical varieties of Buxus microphylla, namely var. insularis, var. koreana (Korean Littleleaf Boxwood) and var. sinica. Others use a different classification, and cultivars that previously were placed under Buxus microphylla var. koreana are now sometimes listed under Buxus microphylla var. japonica or Buxus sinica var. insularis.
- Two common cultivars: 'Winter Gem' and 'Wintergreen'
- microphylla: small-leaved.