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Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Morris Dwarf'

Korean Boxwood

Plant Type:


Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Morris Dwarf' – This Little Leaf Boxwood's glossy rich, dark green leaves are broader and more rounded than those of 'Compacta'. Ours are grown in fertile, moisture retaining soil that drains well sited in open shade with some peeks of sun, somewhat more in winter. Grown in these conditions this wonderful green turtle tends not to acquire the rusty orange winter tone that will develop in more sunny exposed sights. 'Morris Dwarf' grows somewhat faster and larger than 'Morris Midget' with 'Compacta' the smallest, tightest grower... though it would be a mistake to think that either 'Morris Dwarf' or 'Morris Midget' grow “open”; they are all dense and beautiful making beautiful green turtles if left unclipped! 'Morris Dwarf' may grow 18" high and wide in 10 years. Fertile draining soil on the neutral to acid side of the Ph spectrum. And though tolerant of nearly full sun they appear to appreciate part sun, afternoon shade. Organic mulches are very beneficial. Cutting grown.


18 in


18 in


(5a)5b to 9
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Characteristics and Attributes for Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Morris Dwarf'

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Four Seasons

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Dappled Shade


  • Rock Garden
  • Knot Garden
  • Railroad Garden
  • Border
  • Formal Garden
  • Labyrinth
  • Edging
  • Shrub Border
  • Evergreen
  • Foundation
  • Trough
  • Hedge
  • Small / Miniature

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow


  • Fertile
  • Draining
  • Organic
  • Acid


  • 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)