Buxus harlandii Hance

Harland Boxwood




Family: Buxaceae

Genus: Buxus

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 7b to 9

Size: 3 to 4' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Dense, vase-shaped habit. Non-showy flowers in late winter, early spring. Leaves are more linear than other boxwoods. Moist well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established. Slow to moderate growth rate.



Native to China.

Published in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 13: 123 in 1873.


My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant in February 2011 from Nurseries Caroliniana and planted it in the Mail Box Garden. It dried out while on a trip in June and so I removed it to the conservatory to recuperate. It had a lot of yellow and did not respond by putting on new growth, but the yellowing stopped. I planted it back outside in October 2011 in the In Between Garden but it failed over the winter. In May 2014 I purchased another and planted it in the Gumball Border Garden.

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