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Buxus microphylla 'Compacta'

Korean Boxwood

Plant Type:


Buxus microphylla ‘Compacta’ – The Kingsville Boxwood is smaller and denser growing than either ‘Morris Midget’ and 'Morris Dwarf'. The leaves are narrower, of slightly duller finish and lighter green to gray-green than on the other Korean Boxwood dwarves. Some of the very dense foliage becomes a tarnished brassy orange color when grown in more winter sun. It will remain greener in winter shade. Useful as a foundation shrub facing down taller plants, in the rock garden, Japanese gardens or knot, railroad and labyrinth gardens, its potential uses go on and on. Though listed as a USDA zone 6 plant we have found it perfectly hardy in 5b (-15F). One foot x one foot in 10 years. Fertile draining soil on the neutral to acid side of the Ph spectrum in part sun, afternoon shade. Organic mulches are very beneficial. Cutting grown.


12 in


12 in


(5a)5b to 9
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BUXMICOM Buxus microphylla 'Compacta' (true 5-inch squat square) $24.00 Sold Out

Characteristics and Attributes for Buxus microphylla 'Compacta'

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Four Seasons

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Dappled Shade


  • Rock Garden
  • Trough
  • Railroad Garden
  • Knot Garden
  • Labyrinth
  • Edging
  • Evergreen
  • Foundation
  • Small / Miniature

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow


  • Organic
  • Acid
  • Fertile
  • Draining


  • Asia

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Buxus

The Boxwoods are a very useful group of broadleaf evergreen shrubs having, depending upon ultimate size, many landscape applications. They prefer fertile soils on the acid side of the Ph spectrum. Boxwoods tend to be shallow-rooted and benefit from organic mulches. Most can be grown in full sun conditions but are happier in part shade. The smaller growing Korean Boxwoods, Buxus microphylla, seem to hold their foliage color better in part winter shade. The English Boxwoods, B. sempervirens, are the larger growing members of the clan and benefit from wind protection especially in winter. All of the following offerings are cutting grown. (Spring Only)