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Buxus microphylla 'Green Pillow'

Green Pillow Boxwood

‘Green Pillow’ is known for its naturally dense, compact, oval habit. Its foliage is lime-green and its shape is larger but very much resembles ‘Morris Dwarf’ and ‘Morris Midget’. In winter sun this cultivar will bronze; however, bronzing or foliage burn will quickly disappear when new growth appears in spring. It is very common to see sports on this plant and they should be removed. Deer resistant.

Slow growth rate; .75"-1" per year

Comments: Plant this cultivar in shade and watch it thrive. It literally looks like a pincushion. ‘Green Pillow’ were planted to surround the Jackie Kennedy Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC.

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

Substitutes: ‘Morris Dwarf’, ‘Grace Hendrick Phillips’, ‘Morris Midget’


Green Pillow Boxwood Growing and Maintenance Tips:

‘Green Pillow’ needs very little to no pruning in most applications. It will need pruning if it is used as an edge, parterre, or knot garden. Use hand pruners or shears. Remove sports with hand pruners by cutting sporting stems back into interior of the plant. Thinning in late winter or early spring will help reduce possibility of disease.

‘Green Pillow’ is very resistant to boxwood leafminer but somewhat susceptible to boxwood blight. When properly planted and cared for, this plant has few disease or pest issues.


Part Sun, Shade



1 Feet



2 Feet


Hardiness Zone:


Characteristics & Attributes for Buxus microphylla 'Green Pillow'

Foliage Color
Best Usage
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 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
Specimen Small (1-3 ft high and wide)
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)
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