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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


  • Category:Shrubs
  • Hardiness Zone:6-8
  • Height:3 Feet
  • Spread:3 Feet

Additional Information about Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Green Beauty'

'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.

Growing & Maintenance Tips for Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Green Beauty'

‘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.

Interesting Notes about Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Green Beauty'

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’