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Buxus microphylla 'Little Missy' PP24703

Little Missy is a compact mounding to rounded cultivar. It is extremely cold hardy and sun tolerant. It can be used in an application where a smaller plant is desired and it responds well to shearing. It is a great choice for uses where ultimate desired size is in the 2' x 2' range. Foliage is very dark green, slightly rounded and comes to a pronounced point at the end of the leaf.

Comments: ‘Little Missy’ is a winner. Its shape and size remind us of a half-sized ‘Green Velvet’. It is also a great option to use as a substitute for ‘Justin Brouwers’. It was found in a production area by West Virginia nurseryman Norman Cole. Norman has had the plant go through -18° F with no damage. Its winter hardiness and durability, disease tolerance, pest resistance, along with its smaller size are all pluses for this plant.  

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

Substitutes: ‘Justin Brouwers’, ‘Green Gem’, ‘Green Velvet’, Chicagoland Green, ‘Green Mound’

Growing and Maintenance Tips:

'Little Missy' requires little to no pruning, but a light shearing each late winter will increase its compactness. It is considered a Zone 5 boxwood thus it tends to be hardier than some other microphylla cultivars.

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



2 Feet



2 Feet


Hardiness Zone:


Characteristics & Attributes for Buxus microphylla 'Little Missy'

Attractive Foliage
Winter Interest
Foliage Color
Best Usage
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 Best Usage
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)
Asexual propagation prohibited?
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