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Buxus sempervirens 'Justin Brouwers'

Justin Brouwers Boxwood

‘Justin Brouwers’ is a compact, mounding to rounded cultivar. It is extremely versatile. It can be used in applications where it is pruned or in gardens with minimal to no pruning. Foliage is a spectacular deep-green color even in winter. It holds its foliage deep into the interior of the plant. Deer resistant.

Slow to medium growth rate; 1"-3" per year

Comments: Recent boxwood DNA tests have shown that ‘Justin Brouwers’ is a sempervirens cultivar and not a sinica insularis. ‘Justin Brouwers’ has been a favorite of ours for many years as a replacement for ‘Suffruticosa’ (English boxwood). Gardeners should be aware of its boxwood blight susceptibility especially when sheared tightly or in areas of low air movement. If planted correctly this plant is stunning; however, we have seen numerous cases where it is planted in areas of poor drainage and the plant struggles.

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

Substitutes: ‘Little Missy’, ‘Green Gem’, ‘Green Velvet’, ‘Richard’, ‘Green Mound’

Justin Brouwers Boxwood Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Care: ‘Justin Brouwers’, as a juvenile plant and up to about 10-12 inches, has a slightly upright habit. An annual pruning to round the plant should occur in late winter or early spring. Thereafter it can be left basically unpruned and will develop into a plant that is somewhat rounded. An occasional light pruning in late winter or early spring may be preferred.

When used as edging, parterres, or knot gardens, pruning and shearing will be necessary. Use hand pruners or shears. Thinning in late winter or early spring is recommended to lessen disease occurrence.  

‘Justin Brouwers’ is very susceptible to boxwood leafminer and very susceptible to boxwood blight. Special care should be taken when planting to ensure the plant is properly elevated and all drainage issues are addressed as it is sensitive to poorly drained soils.


Sun, Part Sun, Shade



2 Feet



2 Feet


Hardiness Zone:


Characteristics & Attributes for Buxus sempervirens 'Justin Brouwers'

Low Maintenance
Attractive Foliage
Foliage Color
Best Usage
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)
Foundation Plant
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