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Buxus microphylla 'Grace Hendrick Phillips'

Grace Hendrick Phillips Boxwood

‘Grace Hendrick Phillips’ mounds and spreads very much like some of the dwarf Japanese hollies. The growth rate is slow enough that it does not outgrow the landscape but fast enough to be used as a primary plant in many landscapes. Be patient in the spring, as new growth appears slightly later than most boxwood. New foliage is light green and matures to a darker green. Deer resistant.

Slow growth rate; 0.75"-1.5" per year

Comments: This boxwood was highly rated in the National Boxwood Trials. Its spreading habit is very appealing. We have even seen mature plants cascading in a rock garden or spreading like a groundcover.

Uses: Small specimen, low hedge, foundation plant, edging, parterre or knot garden

Substitutes: ‘Morris Dwarf’, ‘Green Pillow’, ‘Morris Midget’

Grace Hendrick Phillips Boxwood Growing and Maintenance Tips:

‘Grace H. Phillips’ requires little to no pruning, except when used in edging, parterre, or knot garden. If pruning is necessary, use hand pruners or shears. Occasional sports occur on this plant and they should be removed. Some thinning in late winter or early spring will help reduce disease incidence.

‘Grace H. Phillips’ is very resistant to boxwood leafminer but somewhat susceptible to boxwood blight. It has few pest or disease issues when planted and cared for properly.


Part Sun, Shade



1 Feet



2 Feet


Hardiness Zone:


Characteristics & Attributes for Buxus microphylla 'Grace Hendrick Phillips'

Foliage Color
Best Usage
Rock Garden
Soil Moisture Preference
Good Drainage
Deer Resistant
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 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
Parterre or Knot Garden
Edging (Mature size of 2 ft high and wide or less)
Foundation Plant
Hedge Low (Mature size of 4 ft or less)
Specimen Small (1-3 ft high and wide)
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