Baby Gem Boxwood Buxus microphylla var. japonica Baby Gem from Taylor's Nursery
Allergic to bees? You can still have an exciting garden, full of flowers and color and wildlife. I have hundreds of yards of hedges that are—or will be—ten feet tall. But I'm particularly proud of the fifty feet of hedge that's only seven inches high even after a decade of trying. This boxwood wasn't named 'Morris Midget ' for nothing.
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Cultivated in Japan since at least the 14th century, Japanese boxwood Buxus microphylla japonica is an evergreen littleleaf boxwood Buxus microphylla variety notable for its stiff, upright habit. Because of the perennial's tolerance of heavy pruning, Japanese boxwood is often used as a formal hedge, foundation plant or sculptural edging for a flower bed. Japanese boxwood is a slow- to moderate-growing shrub that reaches a mature height of 4 to 6 feet, usually with a slightly narrower spread. The densely branched shrub produces 1-inch-long, light green leaves that sit in opposite pairs on green stems.