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Korean Box or Buxus (also known as Buxus ‘Micro Micro’) is a small, evergreen shrub that is very popular in many different landscapes. It has oval-shaped, glossy green leaves all year round and a dense growing habit. Korean Box is prized for its versatility and when properly cared for, can add structure, formality and greenery to your space.
CARE AND GROWTH:
Korean Box prefers a position in full sun to part shade and needs a well-draining soil to avoid becoming waterlogged. After planting, the plant will take around 12 weeks to establish itself. During this time, it is important to water frequently (every 1-2 days). On extremely hot or windy days, it is essential that you increase watering. Once established, your Korean Box will become more drought-tolerant, and you can decrease watering.
Prune in Spring to help maintain height and shape. Also feed at this time with a slow-release fertiliser.
Low Hedge/Border: The most common use for Korean Box is as a low hedge or border due to its compact growth habit. It can be used as a formal or informal hedge. Great for planting on either side of driveways.
If space allows plant as a smaller, second row hedge in front of taller growing plants such as Sweet Viburnum or Photinia Red Robin for a layered effect. Korean Box goes well with more colourful plants so the options are endless!
Topiary: Korean Box is a relatively slow growing, making it ideal for topiary work. It can be shaped into various forms such as balls, spirals and cones.
Pots/Containers: A perfect choice for growing in pots or containers, on patios or balconies. Great as an ornamental feature near entrances.
If you’re looking for low maintenance plants, Korean Box is a great choice as it requires minimal care once established.
Recommended spacing will depend on your intended use but for hedging we suggest the following;
For smaller pot sizes (140mm and 200mm) we recommend 3-4 plants per metre and for larger pot sizes (300mm and 400mm), 2-3 plants per metre. This is a guide only.
For accent planting, every 1-1.5m is ideal.
Korean Box is available online and in store in a range of pot sizes to suit any need and budget. If you’re happy to wait for them to grow, have a look at our 140mm and 200mm pot sizes but if you’re after something already established, try our 250mm and 300mm advanced pots.
We will also have some Korean Box tubestock available online soon! Feel free to message for more information.
If you’re looking for other Buxus varieties, we also sell Japanese, Faulkner, English and Harlandii Buxus! Each cultivar differs slightly so be sure to research them specifically to ensure the best care in your environment.
Keep in mind we are also able to source topiary Buxus as well as other varieties, just send us an email!
Position: Full sun to part shade
Max Height: 60cm
Max Width: 50cm
Spacing for hedging: Every 25-40cm depending on pot size
Type: Hedge, Topiary, Border, Containers
Feed: Slow-release fertiliser
Pruning: Once to twice a year in warmer months depending on desired height