Botanical Name: Buxus microphylla 'Compacta'
Common Name: Compact Dwarf Boxwood  
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Water Saving Tip:

In general, lawns only need to be watered once every three days.

Check your irrigation controller and reduce watering times if necessary.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Broadleaf Evergreen, Shrub


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Half, Shade





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Japanese, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features

Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Parking Strip, Patio, Raised Planter, Walkways


Special Uses

Hedge, Mass Planting, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

This is a very compact boxwood, growing slowing to 1 foot tall but eventually spreading as wide as 4 feet. though it is evergreen, the dark green foliage takes on a bronze hue in the winter months. Use to edge a perennial, shrub, or foundation border, to line a walk, or as an evergreen accent in the perennial garden. Its generally uniform growth habit means little maintanance is required to keep it tidy.
Best grown in loamy, well-drained soil in part to full shade. Prefers snady-loam to clay-loam soils, acidic to slightly alkaline pH. Avoid cultivating around plants because they have shallow roots. Thin plants and remove dead/damaged branches annually as needed to improve air circulation. In our hot, dry climate, boxwood is best sited in a sheltered location that will protect it in winter from strong winds and full sun. Carefully remove snow accumulations from plants as quickly as practicable to minimize stem/branch damage. Though not a low water plant, when provided the right soil, light, and mulch, boxwood can manage on just one watering per week.