Buxus Winter Gem
Littleleaf Boxwood is a fine-textured evergreen that tolerates shearing exceptionally well and is commonly used as a border or hedge. It is best grown where the root zone can be mulched and left undisturbed. This evergreen requires a well-drained soil and prefers shading and wind protection in winter if grown on exposed sites. It is particularly suited to small borders or hedges (6 to 24 inches tall) and works well as an edging along paths. Plant as a facer plant to fill in spaces in a shrub border or along a deck or patio to soften the edge or help provide the feeling of enclosure. Best growth is in soil with a pH between 6.5 and 7.2. Lime the soil with dolomitic limestone to raise the pH if soil is too acidic. In colder climates, plant in an area protected from winter winds. Leaves on most boxwoods turn reddish brown in winter in full sun. Pollen causes significant allergy in certain people. Plants resist browsing by deer. Plant 24 inches apart for establishing a hedge. Plants in an exposed location can turn brown in winter but new foliage emerges green.