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Scientific Name: Buxus sinica var. insularis 'Winter Gem'
Pronunciation: BUCKS-us SY-nih-kuh var. in-soo-LAIR-is
Common Name: Korean littleleaf boxwood, winter gem boxwood
Family Name: Buxaceae
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Key ID Features: Slow growing dense, compact, mounded boxwood that usually kept <80 cm tall and broad; leaves opposite, obovate, apex rounded or notched, bright green, up to 2 cm long.
Course(s): Level 2 Apprenticeship

Habit: Dense, Open, Upright
Form: Mounded, Round
Texture: Medium - fine
Mature Size:
Height:0.7 - 1.3m
Spread:1.0 - 1.5m
Growth Rate:Slow
Hardiness Rating: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 C)
Exposure: Filtered shade, Full sun only if soil kept moist, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium: Well-drained
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Ground cover, Hedge row, Perennial border
Additional Info: Google. Still widely sold under B. microphylla var. koreana. NOTE: there are many hybrids involving this varietal species and the common boxwood such as B 'Green Velvet' and B 'Green Mountain'.
Korean littleleaf boxwood, winter gem boxwood
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Opposite
Texture/ Venation: Leathery
Surfaces: Glabrous, Lustrous
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Obovate
Apices: Emarginate, Rounded
Bases: Attenuate
Margins: Entire
Additional Info: Cultivar shown: Buxus microphylla 'Winter Gem'

Inflorescence Type: Flowers clustered
Flower Morphology:Monoecious plant
Number of Petals:0
Corolla Shape:Rotate/stellate
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Not showy, Green-yellow
Flower Scent: Fragrant
Flower Time at Peak: Mar, Apr
Additional Info: One per leaf axil with many stamens; insect (bee) pollinated

Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Colour: Green, Brown
Fruiting Time: Jun, Jul
Bark or Stem Colour:

Plant Care:
Maintenance:Low maintenance plant
Pest Susceptibility: Pest resistant, Disease resistant, Deer resistant, Rabbit resistant, Drought resistant
(NCA) Not Currently Available : needed
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