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Korean BoxwoodBuxus sinica var. insularis

  • Korean Boxwood evergreen
  • Korean Boxwood - Buxus sinica var. insularis
  • Korean Boxwood - Buxus sinica var. insularis
  • Korean Boxwood - Buxus sinica var. insularis
Small but versatile, the hardy Korean boxwood has been utilized for nearly every imaginable landscape purpose. Its dense, compact foliage and ability to be sheared into precise shapes make this shrub a popular hedge plant choice for foundations, edging situations, parterres, and formal gardens.

Hardiness Zones

The korean boxwood can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 5–9. View Map

Tree Type

This is an evergreen shrub, keeping its foliage year-round.

Mature Size

The Korean boxwood grows to a height of around 2' and a spread of 4–6' at maturity.

Growth Speed Slow Growth Rate

This shrub grows at a slow rate, with height increases of less than 12" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun is the ideal condition for this shrub, meaning it should get at least 6 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The Korean boxwood grows in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well-drained and clay soils.


This shrub:
  • Features small, dark green leaves that create a dense foliage.
  • Produces flowers that are insignificant but fragrant.
  • Works well for low borders and lining driveways.
  • Can easily be sheared into precise shapes.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.

Wildlife Value

Boxwoods contain a toxic alkaloid that makes them unpalatable. As a result, deer and other wildlife tend not to eat them.


Through the years, the boxwood has been associated with formal gardens. Boxwood parterres and hedges can be seen in many of the great gardens of Europe and America. Colonial Williamsburg, especially around the Governor's Mansion, offers wonderful examples of formal boxwood use.