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Buxus microphylla 'Golden Dream' PP16052

Golden Dream Boxwood

‘Golden Dream’ has a beautiful rounded and compact habit. The foliage is edged with heavy golden variegation. From a distance, the variegation makes the entire plant nearly a lime-green color. Deer resistant.

Slow to medium growth, 1 to 3 inches per year.

Comments: This promising boxwood is relatively new to the market. Remember it offers more of a lime coloring than the traditional white or creamy variegation. We like the fact that it is a microphylla and believe that it will be more tolerant to sunny locations as well as marginal soil conditions. In late fall and winter, we have seen this cultivar take on a natural orange tint as orange-red spots appear in the variegation. It seems to be a characteristic of the plant, so don’t be alarmed as it will quickly disappear in the spring as temperatures rise and new growth emerges.  

Uses: Medium specimen, medium hedge, foundation plant, foliage for holiday decorations.

Substitutes: ‘Elegantissima’

Golden Dream Boxwood Growing and Maintenance Tips:

‘Golden Dream’ can be pruned lightly in late winter or early spring to maintain desired habit. Use hand pruners and shears. Thinning is not necessary but, as with any boxwood, will help increase airflow and sunlight penetration into the interior of the plant.

‘Golden Dream’ is very resistant to boxwood leafminer and very tolerant to boxwood blight. It has few pest or disease issues when planted and cared for properly.  


Part Sun, Shade



3 Feet



3 Feet


Hardiness Zone:


Characteristics & Attributes for Buxus microphylla 'Golden Dream'

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 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
Variegated (Leaves that are green and yellow or green and white)
Boxwood Best Usage
Foliage for Holiday Decorations
Foundation Plant
Hedge Medium (Mature size of 4 to 8 ft)
Specimen Medium (Mature size of 3-5 ft high and wide)
Asexual propagation prohibited?
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