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Baby Gem Boxwood
A fine selection from the Southern Living Plant Collection, Baby Gem™ is a cute little gem of a boxwood that fits perfectly in smaller garden spaces. More details below!

Baby Gem Boxwood

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Baby Gem Boxwood
Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Gregem' PP21159

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5a, where this Boxwood is not winter hardy outdoors, you can enjoy growing it in containers that can be moved indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

A fine selection from the Southern Living Plant Collection, Baby Gem™ is a cute little gem of a Boxwood that fits perfectly in smaller garden spaces. It has lustrous, deep green foliage that contrasts nicely with the light green new leaves. Use it as a specimen in small gardens or containers or as a low hedge. It is exceptionally heat and cold tolerant and low maintenance, doing equally well in garden beds and container plantings.




Landscape & Garden Uses

With no pruning, Baby Gem™ Boxwood grows to about 2 to 3 feet tall and wide. That said, it responds very well to shearing into formal shapes, which are a distinctive note in the landscape, or into low hedges. Also nice in small to large groups or accentuate an entryway. Perfect as a pyramid shape that can serve as a small Christmas tree. Also serves as a nice centerpiece in pots, planter and other containers of 12 inches or more in diameter. 

Suggested Spacing:  24 inches for solid hedges;  4 feet or more for space between plants





Cultural Preferences

The Baby Gem Boxwood is easy to grow when planted right and in the right spot. It adapts to most soil types and likes full sun or part shade. It prefers a well-drained soil and will only need some water during drought or prolonged periods with no rain. As with many other plants, a constantly soggy or wet soil can be problematic. In our gardens, we've found it to have better drought, heat and pest tolerance than many other boxwood.



Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Boxwood shrubs.





Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  2-3'
Width at Maturity:  2-3'
Growth Habit / Form:   Bushy, Dense, Rounded
Growth Rate:  Slow
Flower Color:  None
Flower Size:  None
Flowering Period:  NA
Flower Type:  NA
Fragrant Flowers:  NA
Foliage Color:  Dark Green, Medium Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sandy, Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist to Somewhat Dry
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7.5
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Heat, Insect



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