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Franklins Gem Dwarf Boxwood
Franklin's Gem is a dwarf boxwood grown for its appealing habit, beautiful foliage and smaller size: 18 to 24 inches tall and 2 to 3 feet wide depending on pruning. More details below!

Franklins Gem Dwarf Boxwood

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Franklin's Gem Dwarf Boxwood
Buxus microphylla 'Franklin's Gem'

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 variety 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

Franklin's Gem is a dwarf boxwood grown for its appealing habit, beautiful foliage and smaller size of only 18 to 24 inches tall and 2 to 3 feet wide depending on pruning. It mounds very much like some of the dwarf Japanese hollies. Its growth rate is slow enough that it does not outgrow the landscape but fast enough to be used as a primary plant in many landscapes. Inconspicuous flowers in spring are fragrant. An extremely versatile shrub that's considered the hardiest of boxwoods. Takes pruning exceptionally well and deer turn their nose up to it!



Landscape & Garden Uses

With a mature height of only 18 to 24 inches depending on pruning, Franklin's Gem Boxwood is the perfect selection for a low formal or natural hedge, under low windows in home foundation plantings, or just about anywhere in the landscape that you might need a low growing, compact evergreen shrub.

Suggested Spacing:  12-18 inches for hedges;  36 inches or more for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Franklin's Gem Dwarf 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.




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 Cold Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  18-24" depending on pruning
Width at Maturity:  24-36" depending on pruning
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Dense, Mounding
Growth Rate:  Slow
Flower Color:  White, inconspicuous
Flower Size:  Tiny
Flowering Period:  Spring
Flower Type:  NA
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes!
Foliage Color:  Green to Dark Olive Green in Winter
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA

Sun Needs:  Sun or Shade. Best with some shade or filtered sun in the afternoon.
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 - 7.0
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Heat, Insect



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