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Tide Hill Boxwood

Buxus microphylla 'Tide Hill'

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Tide Hill Boxwood (Buxus microphylla 'Tide Hill') at Homestead Gardens

Tide Hill Boxwood foliage

Tide Hill Boxwood foliage

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Tide Hill Boxwood (Buxus microphylla 'Tide Hill') at Homestead Gardens

Tide Hill Boxwood

Tide Hill Boxwood

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 inches

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Korean Boxwood, Buxus sinica var. insularis

Description:

A dense, dwarf, spreading cultivar that is extremely versatile; ideal for small and formal hedges or groundcover; takes pruning exceptionally well and retains good green foliage all winter

Ornamental Features

Tide Hill Boxwood has green foliage which emerges chartreuse in spring. The small round leaves remain green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Tide Hill Boxwood is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Tide Hill Boxwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Tide Hill Boxwood will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Tide Hill Boxwood makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features