Buxus microphylla 'Sunburst'

Sunburst Japanese Boxwood




Family: Buxaceae

Genus: Buxus

Parent: Buxus microphylla

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 6 to 9

Size: Time will tell - it will need a lot of time!

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade, Shade


Yellow margins on green leaves. Very compact and slow growing.


Variegated sport found by Bob Green Sr. of Green Nursery, Fairhope AL. (Ted Stephens). Possibly from B. microphylla 'Wintergreen'.

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My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon (very small) plant at Nurseries Caroliniana in September 2010 and planted it in the back between the helipad and the house. It discolored a little in the winter of 2010 but was fine in spring and grew consistently each year. In late summer 2012 while I was away, it did not get sufficient water and one side of it died.

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