05 November 2011

Kingsville Dwarf

Littleleaf boxwood
Small-leaved boxwood

Buxus microphylla

Dwarf  Boxwood garden in Savannah.

Buxus microphylla 'compacta'


Kingsville Boxwood
buxus microphylla 'compacta'

Kingsville Boxwood (buxus microphylla 'compacta') 

The Kingsville leaf reduces well and makes a wonderful bonsai. Often the Kingsville is described as a "Native to Japan" but "Kingsville Boxwood" takes its name from "Kingsville Nursery" where this cultivar was discovered in 1912.

do not let the soil dry out

Keep Outdoors in a sunny location. WILL TOLERATE FREEZING, but PROTECT FROM STRONG WINDS & SEVERE COLD. Foliage can become bronzed after frosts during the Winter but it will green up again in the Spring. Water when the soil moderately dries, but do not let the soil dry out. Fertilize at one-third strength in the growing season. Re-pot– every two years. Boxwood dislike acid soil. Avoid using very shallow pots. Thin branches and leaves to open up the tree and place boxwood in a location with good air circulation, because during times of high humidity interior leaves may mildew. Boxwood tolerate medium shade, filtered sun, or full sun. Boxwood tends to be generally slow growing. The branches become brittle after the wood has hardened, so wiring or bending must be done carefully. Boxwood respond well to shearing and back bud readily, easily creating foliage pads on the branches. A great tree for beginners.

American Boxwood Society

 Dwarf  Boxwood used
 in a formal garden in Savannah.
Small Leaf Boxwood, Buxus microphylla compacta grows slowly. Use as an edging or accent for small gardens or bonsai.

Boxwood cultivars
B. harlandii, B. microphylla ‘Compacta’, B. microphylla var. japonica, B. sempervirens ‘Elegantissima’, B. sempervirens ‘Graham Blandy’, B. sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’, B. sempervirens ‘Vardar Valley’, B. sinica var. insularis ‘Justin Brouwers’, B. sinica var. insularis ‘Winter Beauty’, B. sinica var. insularis ‘Wintergreen’, and Buxus ‘Green Mountain’.

Boxwood are tough but can be stressed by shearing, over-watering and over-fertilizing.

Sheared into a sinuous ribbon

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