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Buxus sinica var. insularis 'Wintergreen'

Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Wintergreen'

Wintergreen Boxwood

‘Wintergreen’ is a vigorous, winter-hardy cultivar that is ideal when a medium to large foundation plant is desired. It is great for use in medium-sized hedges and is very tolerant of pruning or shearing. It has a tendency to bronze when exposed to direct winter sun but the bronzing will quickly disappear as temperatures rise in spring and as new growth emerges. It is very similar to ‘Winter Gem’ and ‘Faulkner’. Deer resistant.

Fast growth rate; 4"-6" per year

Comments: It is a great choice when you want to fill a space quickly. If left unpruned, a vigorous plant can become wiry but the plant will respond very well to hedge shears. There are many cultivars in the nursery industry with the name ‘Wintergreen’. Some are very similar to this one and others are very different. When matching plants, be sure to check plant attributes and projected size before purchasing.

Uses: Medium specimen, medium hedge, low hedge, foundation plant

Substitutes: ‘Winter Gem’, ‘Green Beauty’, ‘Jim Stauffer’

Wintergreen Boxwood Growing and Maintenance Tips:

‘Wintergreen’ should be pruned each late winter or early spring to maintain desired shape. Use hand pruners or shears. Additional prunings may be necessary in early to mid-summer, depending on the desired look and vigor of the plant. ‘Wintergreen’ tolerates more radical pruning if the plant has outgrown its desired size. Thinning is not necessary on this cultivar.

‘Wintergreen’ is somewhat resistant to boxwood leafminer and very tolerant to boxwood blight. When properly planted and cared for, it has few other disease or pest issues.



4 Feet



4 Feet


Hardiness Zone:


Characteristics & Attributes for Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Wintergreen'

Fast Grower
Cold Tolerant
Foliage Color
Best Usage
Soil Moisture Preference
Good Drainage
Deer Resistant
Growth Rate
Boxwood Exposure
Sun (Location is sunny from late morning to late afternoon)
Part Sun (Location is primarily shaded from late morning to late afternoon)
Shade (Location has no direct sun)
Boxwood Zone
Zone 5 (Average Annual Minimum Temperature -20 F to -10 F)
Zone 6 (Average Annual Minimum Temperature -10 F to 0 F)
Zone 7 (Average Annual Minimum Temperature 0 F to 10 F)
Zone 8 (Average Annual Minimum Temperature 10 F to 20 F)
Boxwood Foliage Color
Green (Foliage is Predominately Green)
Boxwood Best Usage
Foundation Plant
Hedge Low (Mature size of 4 ft or less)
Hedge Medium (Mature size of 4 to 8 ft)
Specimen Medium (Mature size of 3-5 ft high and wide)
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