Buxus microphylla var. koreana
Common name: 
Korean Littleleaf Boxwood
Pronunciation: 
BUK-sus mi-kro-FIL-a kor-e-A-na
Family: 
Buxaceae
Genus: 
Synonyms: 
B. m. var. japonica
B. sinica var. insularis
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • 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.
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