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Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Green Beauty'

Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Green Beauty'

Green Beauty Boxwood

'Green Beauty’ is an excellent medium-sized cultivar that has deep green glossy foliage with little winter bronzing. It has a naturally rounded habit that will typically be slightly wider than tall. Its branching structure makes for a very strong plant that can withstand breakage from most moderate to heavy snowfalls. It is very durable and recovers quickly if a limb is broken or if radical pruning is necessary. Deer resistant.

Medium to fast growth rate; 2"-4" per year

Comments: ‘Green Beauty’ has become very popular due to its high tolerance to boxwood blight. Its durability and disease resistance are very good. We have planted it in locations where diseased English boxwood have died and it is thriving. Pruning as a young plant is a must to develop a good shape. ‘Green Beauty’ has been planted extensively in the Main Fountain Garden of Longwood Gardens at Kennett’s Square, PA.  

Uses: Medium specimen, medium hedge, foundation plant, containers

Substitutes: ‘Green Velvet’, ‘Buddy’, ‘Green Mound’, Chicagoland Green, ‘Jim Stauffer’

Green Beauty Boxwood Growing and Maintenance Tips:

‘Green Beauty’ should be pruned lightly in late winter or early spring to maintain a more uniform shape.   It will typically start a secondary flush of new growth in the late summer to early fall that may be burned and discolored by fall frost before it hardens off. These branches or “horns” can be pruned off any time after the first hard freeze of the fall, or left on the plant until early spring pruning. If the plant outgrows its desired size, it tolerates radical pruning. Prune with hand pruners or shears. Thinning is not necessary but, as with any boxwood, will help increase airflow and sunlight penetration into the interior of the plant which reduces the chance of disease.

‘Green Beauty’ is somewhat susceptible to boxwood leafminer but very tolerant to boxwood blight. It has few other pest or disease issues when planted and cared for properly.



3 Feet



3 Feet


Hardiness Zone:


Characteristics & Attributes for Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Green Beauty'

Fast Grower
Foliage Color
Best Usage
Mass Planting
Deer Resistant
Growth Rate
Boxwood Exposure
Sun (Location is sunny from late morning to late afternoon)
Part Sun (Location is primarily shaded from late morning to late afternoon)
Shade (Location has no direct sun)
Boxwood Zone
Zone 6 (Average Annual Minimum Temperature -10 F to 0 F)
Zone 7 (Average Annual Minimum Temperature 0 F to 10 F)
Zone 8 (Average Annual Minimum Temperature 10 F to 20 F)
Boxwood Foliage Color
Green (Foliage is Predominately Green)
Boxwood Best Usage
Foundation Plant
Hedge Medium (Mature size of 4 to 8 ft)
Specimen Medium (Mature size of 3-5 ft high and wide)
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