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Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Jim Stauffer'

Jim Stauffer Boxwood

‘Jim Stauffer’ is an excellent foundation plant that is slightly more vigorous than some cultivars, yet can be maintained in a formal shape. It grows in a comparable height-to-width ratio. It also responds very well to pruning or shearing. It has proven to be more cold-hardy than other Buxus microphylla. ‘Jim Stauffer’ can be used as a great substitute for Buxus sempervirens (American) when a plant of similar shape is desired but with smaller ultimate size. Deer resistant.

  • »  Medium to fast growth rate; 2.5"-5" per year


  • Category:Shrubs
  • Hardiness Zone:5-8
  • Height:3 Feet
  • Spread:3 Feet

Additional Information about Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Jim Stauffer'

‘Jim Stauffer’ is an excellent foundation plant that is slightly more vigorous than some cultivars, yet can be maintained in a formal shape. It grows in a comparable height-to-width ratio. It also responds very well to pruning or shearing. It has proven to be more cold-hardy than other Buxus microphylla. ‘Jim Stauffer’ can be used as a great substitute for Buxus sempervirens (American) when a plant of similar shape is desired but with smaller ultimate size. Deer resistant.

Growing & Maintenance Tips for Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Jim Stauffer'

Lightly pruning ‘Jim Stauffer’ in late winter or early spring is necessary to maintain a more uniform shape. It will occasionally start a secondary flush of new growth in the late summer to early fall that may freeze before it hardens off. These branches or “horns” can be pruned off after the first hard freeze of the fall or in early spring. ‘Jim Stauffer’ tolerates more radical pruning if the plant has outgrown its desired size. 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.

‘Jim Stauffer’ is somewhat resistant to boxwood leafminer and somewhat tolerant to boxwood blight. It has minimal other disease and pest issues when planted and cared for properly.

Interesting Notes about Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Jim Stauffer'

Comments: We like this boxwood. It has foliage that is very similar to ‘Green Beauty’ but its habit is more upright. Its hardiness also makes it the choice of many gardeners in colder climates.  

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

Substitutes: sempervirens (American), ‘Green Beauty’, ‘Wintergreen’, ‘Winter Gem’