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Sunburst Variegated Korean Boxwood*

Buxus sinica 'Sunburst'

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Sunburst Variegated Korean Boxwood (Buxus sinica 'Sunburst') at Highland Avenue Greenhouse

Sunburst Variegated Korean Boxwood foliage

Sunburst Variegated Korean Boxwood foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Sunburst Variegated Korean Boxwood (Buxus sinica 'Sunburst') at Highland Avenue Greenhouse

Sunburst Variegated Korean Boxwood

Sunburst Variegated Korean Boxwood

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Buxus sinica var. insularis

Description:

A dwarf, conical shrub producing small, glossy dark green leaves with vibrant gold edges; a slow grower that is ideal for formal hedges or topiary; takes pruning exceptionally well

Ornamental Features

Sunburst Variegated Korean Boxwood has dark green foliage edged in gold with hints of yellow. The small glossy oval leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Sunburst Variegated Korean Boxwood is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal 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.

Sunburst Variegated Korean Boxwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Topiary
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Sunburst Variegated Korean Boxwood will grow to be about 4 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 40 years or more.

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, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils. 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.

Sunburst Variegated Korean Boxwood makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. 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.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Topiary  Container 
Applications
Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features