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Japanese box hedge is a hardy evergreen shrub that is popular for hedging and topiary. It forms a dense mass of green glossy leaves in tight formation, and is reasonably drought tolerant once established. This form of box is relatively fast growing, and is the best buxus for warm climates. It grows well in sun or part shade and tolerates frost. It grows to around 2 metres. It is native to Japan and Taiwan.
Feed in autumn and spring, at the same time as pruning, and apply the plant food at the drip line of the plant. Yellowing of the lower foliage is a sign that the plant is hungry and needs feeding. When pruning, hand clipping is best, as power shears can tear the plant. Prune in autumn and spring.
Flower colour: yellow
Flowering season: spring
Maximum height: 2 metres
Minimum height: not specified
Maximum width: 1.5 metres
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 6-7.5
Caterpillars, scale, mites
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose applied in spring and autumn.