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Franklins Gem Korean Boxwood

Buxus sinica var. insularis 'Franklin's Gem'

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Franklins Gem Korean Boxwood

Buxus sinica var. insularis 'Franklin's Gem'

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Dwarf Variety

Botanical Name

Buxus sinica var. insularis 'Franklin's Gem'

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Franklin’s Gem Korean Boxwood is the perfect dwarf boxwood for colder areas in particular. It has perfect tiny leaves and naturally grows into a neat mound that is always glossy green and healthy, from the heat of summer to the cold of winter. It is perfectly hardy throughout zone 5 and it will even survive colder areas with just a little browning, yet it is also happy to grow even in the heat of Florida or California. Plus, it will grow in sun or moderate shade, meaning you can plant it almost anywhere in your garden where you need an accent plant to contrast with the more irregular growth of your other plants. Use Franklin’s Gem Boxwood in pots and planters – it is small enough to look perfect for many years. Plant a low border or hedge that will need only occasional trimming to look neat. Group them among the larger shrubs in the foundation planting around your home. Wherever you use this plant you will love the fact that it is always, neat, always green and glossy, always healthy, and needs no clipping to stay that way.

  • Top choice for a dwarf, winter-hardy boxwood
  • Perfect neat rounded form without clipping
  • Grows well from full sun to shade
  • Much more hardy than American or English boxwood
  • Ideal for pots, edging or accents in every garden

Plant your Franklin’s Gem Boxwood in sun or moderate shade, in most kinds of garden soil that are not constantly wet. It does best with some moisture, but established plants will tolerate summer dry spells easily. It is free of significant pest and diseases and as an added bonus it is also resistant to deer, so this truly is a trouble-free and low-maintenance dwarf shrub that will bring exactly the right note of order and neatness to your garden without the neat for constant clipping.

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