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Buxus harlandii

Harlandii is vase shaped grower with unique foliage that is long and slender. Leaves are approximately 1½” long and 3/8” wide. With a habit that is slightly taller than wide, harlandii will tend to create a nearly drooping habit where foliage goes up and over. Deer resistant.

Comments: We chose to grow harlandii due to its unique foliage, as well as the demand we have received from customers in warmer regions of the Mid-Atlantic. The harlandii family of boxwood is being used in many tests, breeding programs, and experiments due to its excellent tolerance to boxwood blight.

Uses: Small to medium specimen, low hedge, foundation plant

Substitutes: ‘Richard’

Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Harlandii should be planted in a protected location in the landscape due to its hardiness of Zone 7. In unprotected areas, it will likely receive winter cold damage. It is one of the first boxwood to flush in spring, thus it is more prone to spring frost damage. Harlandii requires little to no pruning. 

Harlandii is very resistant to boxwood leafminer and very tolerant to boxwood blight. It has very few other disease or pest issues.



2 ft



2 Inches


Hardiness Zone:


Characteristics & Attributes for Buxus harlandii

Heat Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Attractive Foliage
Flower Color
Foliage Color
Soil Moisture Preference
Good Drainage
Deer Resistant
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Growth Rate
Boxwood Exposure
Part Sun (Location is primarily shaded from late morning to late afternoon)
Shade (Location has no direct sun)
Boxwood Zone
Zone 7 (Average Annual Minimum Temperature 0 F to 10 F)
Boxwood Best Usage
Hedge Low (Mature size of 4 ft or less)
Specimen Small (1-3 ft high and wide)
Specimen Medium (Mature size of 3-5 ft high and wide)
Foundation Plant
Asexual propagation prohibited?
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