The Japanese Boxwood is a popular choice for landscape shrubs. It is native to Japan and often used for trimmed hedges, topiaries, and bonsai sculptures. This evergreen shrub has a multiple branching habit. The leaves of the Japanese Boxwood grow densely. The multiple branching habit and dense leave growth give the shrub its thick round form.
There are no noticeable flowers or fruits on the Japanese Boxwood, but its bright green leaves give it a great look when trimmed or pruned regularly. The Japanese Boxwood requires a combination of morning sun and filtered afternoon shade. Because the roots tend to stay shallow, it’s important to avoid root rot. It must be planted in ground with adequate drainage for this reason. Additionally, a thick layer of mulch can help the shrub maintain the moisture it needs to thrive.