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Korean Littleleaf Boxwood

Buxus sinica 'var. insularis'

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Korean Littleleaf Boxwood (Buxus sinica 'var. insularis') at Valley View Farms

Korean Littleleaf Boxwood

Korean Littleleaf Boxwood

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Height:  30 inches

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a


A dwarf, rounded shrub with small, glossy dark green leaves; a slow grower with many branches and more open habit; ideal for formal hedges or topiary; takes pruning exceptionally well

Ornamental Features

Korean Littleleaf Boxwood has dark green evergreen foliage on a plant with a mounded habit of growth. The small glossy oval leaves remain dark green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Korean Littleleaf Boxwood is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Korean Littleleaf Boxwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Topiary
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Korean Littleleaf Boxwood will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Korean Littleleaf Boxwood makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Topiary  Container 
Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features
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