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Antarctica Boxwood

Buxus microphylla 'Antzam'

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Antarctica Boxwood (Buxus microphylla 'Antzam') at Lakeshore Garden Centres

Buxus microphylla 'Antarctica'

Buxus microphylla 'Antarctica'

(Photo courtesy of Lake County Nursery)

Height: 3 feet

Spread: 4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 5b

Other Names: Littleleaf Box


Dense dark green foliage on a slow growing, small, rounded, and compact shrub; it takes little work to keep its shape and is excellent for low hedges or detail use in the garden, takes pruning exceptionally well

Ornamental Features:

Antarctica Boxwood has green foliage. The small glossy oval leaves remain green through the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes:

Antarctica Boxwood is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. 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.

Antarctica Boxwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Plant Characteristics:

Antarctica Boxwood will grow to be about 3 feet 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.

This plant is not reliably hardy in our region, and certain restrictions may apply; contact the store for more information.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing Screening Garden Topiary Container
Plant Form Winter Value Attracts Wildlife
Ornamental Features