Boxwood: Wintergem Latin Name: buxus microphylla Koreana ‘Winter Gem’
The Basics This compact evergreen shrub produces inconspicuous white flowers in spring. Among the hardiest of boxwoods, in the winter, it maintains dark green velvety foliage. Matures to 3-5 feet(4-5 feet wide). Performs best as a shrub for small hedges.
The Needs Amount of Sunlight: Thrives in full sun; Tolerates shade Amount of Water: Water regularly; more frequent watering in extreme heat Soil Conditions: Prefers moist, well-drained soil Cold Hardiness Zone: 5-9
The Care This evergreen shrub needs a regular water schedule to ensure the growth of a mature root system. The first year of growth requires watering daily. After the mature root system is established, watering is needed weekly, except during a drought, watering is needed regularly. Mulching is recommended to detour weeds, and to keep the moisture content high. During plant maturity pruning is necessary to encourage branch development. Once mature, occasional shearing is needed to maintain desired shape.