Buxus microphylla Siebold & Zucc.

Japanese Boxwood, Littleleaf Boxwood, Box

Cultivar JT Baldwin

Cultivar JT Baldwin


Family: Buxaceae

Genus: Buxus

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 6 to 9

Size: 3 to 4' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


ID: opposite, simple, oval, entire, only 1/3 to 1" long and 1/6 to 1/3" wide. Compact, dense, rounded shrub. Prefers well-drained, high pH soil. Do not cultivate around it because the roots are close to the surface.

Good for hedges or foundation plantings. Roots require cool moist soil. Part shade in the south.


Numerous cultivars.

'JT Baldwin' (John Baldwin) has a bluish tone on the new foliage

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Published in Abh. Math.-Phys. Cl. Königl. Bayer. Akad. Wiss. 4(2): 142 in 1846.

Native to Japan but unknown in the wild. Introduced in 1860.


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