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Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Jim Stauffer'

Jim Stauffer Boxwood

‘Jim Stauffer’ is an excellent foundation plant that is slightly more vigorous than some cultivars, yet can be maintained in a formal shape. It grows in a comparable height-to-width ratio. It also responds very well to pruning or shearing. It has proven to be more cold-hardy than other Buxus microphylla. ‘Jim Stauffer’ can be used as a great substitute for Buxus sempervirens (American) when a plant of similar shape is desired but with smaller ultimate size. Deer resistant.

Medium to fast growth rate; 2.5"-5" per year

Comments: We like this boxwood. It has foliage that is very similar to ‘Green Beauty’ but its habit is more upright. Its hardiness also makes it the choice of many gardeners in colder climates.  

Uses: Medium specimen, medium hedge, foundation plant, containers

Substitutes: sempervirens (American), ‘Green Beauty’, ‘Wintergreen’, ‘Winter Gem’

Jim Stauffer Boxwood Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Lightly pruning ‘Jim Stauffer’ in late winter or early spring is necessary to maintain a more uniform shape. It will occasionally start a secondary flush of new growth in the late summer to early fall that may freeze before it hardens off. These branches or “horns” can be pruned off after the first hard freeze of the fall or in early spring. ‘Jim Stauffer’ tolerates more radical pruning if the plant has outgrown its desired size. Prune with hand pruners or shears. Thinning is not necessary but, as with any boxwood, will help increase airflow and sunlight penetration into the interior of the plant.

‘Jim Stauffer’ is somewhat resistant to boxwood leafminer and somewhat tolerant to boxwood blight. It has minimal other disease and pest issues when planted and cared for properly.



3 Feet



3 Feet


Hardiness Zone:


Characteristics & Attributes for Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Jim Stauffer'

Cold Tolerant
Foliage Color
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 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
Hedge Medium (Mature size of 4 to 8 ft)
Specimen Medium (Mature size of 3-5 ft high and wide)
Foundation Plant
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