Buxus - - Semi-mature and mature Buxus microphylla var japonica (ball)

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Buxus microphylla var japonica (ball) - Japanese Box

 

Family:

Buxaceae

Origins:

Japanese Islands

Plant Type:

Evergreen shrub or small tree

Size:

: 2 - 3m x 2 - 3m, usually much smaller.

Habit/ Form:

A broad bun shaped shrub, usually clipped.

Leaves:

Opposite, obovate to obcordate, 15-20mm x 10 - 15mm, (apex pointed or notched) shiny bright green in the growing season aging to dark green.

Flowers:

The small apetalous flowers are produced in the upper leaf axils, perfumed. Not decorative.

Fruit:

The 2 - 3mm capsules green aging to pale brown are not decorative.

Bark / Trunk:

Pale creamy brown on the older stems

Vigour / Longevity:

Slow growing, long lived

Environmental Requirements:

Densest and most vigorous growth in full sun. Grows well part in sun positions, tolerates light shade all day but the growth will be thinner and less robust.

Hardiness:

Tolerates short periods of drought, moderate frosts, neglect, second line salt, light shade, wind and pollution.

Soil / Drainage:

Hardy to most soils with at least moderate drainage, responds well to improved soils, with mulches.

Pruning:

Buxus make excellent hedges, tip prune regularly from a young age. Old neglected plants can be cut back hard to encourage dense suckering regrowth, which can be tip pruned to make a new dense habit.

Watering:

For best growth keep this plant evenly moist, can tolerate short periods of drought.

Fertilising:

Use high nitrogen fertilisers to encourage vigorous new growth. These plants will survive with out fertilisers once established but will be slow growing.

Pests / Diseases:

Scale insects on old neglected plants

Uses:

The fine compact growth and spreading habit of this variety makes it suitable for small hedges, borders, topiary, tubs, formal gardens, coastal gardens and pollution affected gardens.

 

 

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