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Curly Locks Boxwood

Buxus microphylla var. japonica ‘Curly Locks’

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Curly Locks Boxwood

Buxus microphylla var. japonica ‘Curly Locks’

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Botanical Name

Buxus microphylla var. japonica ‘Curly Locks’

Outdoor Growing zone


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Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun

The Curly Locks Boxwood is a unique specimen boxwood, to be grown untrimmed, not for hedges or topiary. It forms a bush about 3 feet tall and wide, depending on how you train it, and it has fascinating curling branches, and leaves too, that make each plant an individual, and a real garden conversation piece. Grow it as a feature in a small garden. Plant it in an Asian-style garden, or even turn it into a bonsai. Grow it on a low trellis against a wall, spreading it out to show off the branches. Use it in a planter or pot on a terrace or patio.

  • Unique specimen boxwood with curling branches and leaves
  • Lighter yellow-green leaves than usual in boxwoods
  • To be grown untrimmed, as a ‘plant of interest’
  • Can be grown as an espalier, or as a bonsai
  • Rare collector’s plant not often available

Full sun to partial shade are perfect for the Curly Locks Boxwood, which will grow in any well-drained soil. Add some organic material to poor soils, and use as spring mulch. Don’t trim, but exposing the branches with pruners will enhance its unique and exotic look. Pests and diseases are not common, and can usually be controlled with our organic Neem Oil spray. It isn’t bothered by rabbits or deer, and is generally easy to grow in most gardens.