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Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Morris Dwarf'

Morris Dwarf Boxwood

‘Morris Dwarf’ is an excellent performing cultivar that is very compact. In winter sun, it will bronze; however, in spring new growth will quickly cover the bronzing. It is outstanding for edging formal beds or in parterre gardens and is very low maintenance. It responds well either pruned or left unpruned and is slightly larger than ‘Morris Midget’. Occasional sports occur on this plant and they should be removed. Deer resistant.

Very slow growth rate; 0.5"-1" per year

We have seen it in numerous full sun landscapes but, for optimal beauty, plant it so it receives at least afternoon shade. Remember it is a dwarf boxwood and you must be patient with its growth. ‘Morris Dwarf’ were planted in a stunning knot garden at Mount Vernon, VA.Uses - Small specimen, low hedge, edging, parterre or knot garden.

Substitutes - ‘Morris Midget’, 'Grace H. Phillips’, 'Green Pillow’

Morris Dwarf Boxwood Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Morris Dwarf’ requires little to no pruning when used as a specimen. It responds well to shearing when used in edging, parterres, and knot gardens.   Thinning is recommended in late winter or early spring which will help reduce chance of disease. Remove undesirable sports with hand pruners by cutting sporting stems back into the interior of the plant.

‘Morris Dwarf’ is very resistant to boxwood leaf miner but very susceptible to boxwood blight. It has few pest or disease issues when planted and cared for properly.


Part Sun, Shade



1 Feet



1 Feet


Hardiness Zone:


Characteristics & Attributes for Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Morris Dwarf'

Low Maintenance
Compact Size
Cold Tolerant
Foliage Color
Best Usage
Border or Bed
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
Green (Foliage is Predominately Green)
Boxwood Best Usage
Hedge Low (Mature size of 4 ft or less)
Specimen Small (1-3 ft high and wide)
Parterre or Knot Garden
Edging (Mature size of 2 ft high and wide or less)
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