Buxus microphylla var. koreana 'Wintergreen'
BUK-sus mi-kro-FIL-a ko-ree-AH-na
B. m. var. japonica 'Wintergreen'
B. sinica var. insularis ‘Wintergreen’
B. microphylla 'Winter Gem'
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, compact, mounding, slow growing, to 2-4 ft tall and 3-5 ft wide (0.6-1.2 m × 0.9-1.5 m), Leaves opposite, simple, small, obovate, medium green, to about 1.5 cm long, retains green color in winter.
- Sun to part shade. Best in moist, sandy loam. Easy to control size my pruning. Reportedly shows good resistance to the three main insect pests of boxwoods (boxwood leaf miner, boxwood mite and psyllids). Very winter hardy.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Originated at the Scarff Nursery, New Carlisle, Ohio. There may be more than one clone under this name in nursery commerce and it is sold under a variety of scientific names; see Synonyms..