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Sprinter® Boxwood Buxus microphylla

  • Full Shade
  • Part Shade to Shade
  • Part Sun to Sun
  • Sun
  • Sun or Shade

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter
Mature Size
4' 4'
2' - 4'
2' - 4'
  • Details


    Evergreen. Deer-resistant. Fast-growing.

    Best Seller
    Foliage Interest
    Fall Interest
    Winter Interest
    Salt Tolerant


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    24 - 48 Inches
    24 - 48 Inches
    24 - 48 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    not significant
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Full Shade
    Light Requirement: 
    Part Shade to Shade
    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Light Requirement: 
    Sun or Shade
    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Grown for Foliage
    Hardiness Zones: 
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
    Water Category: 
    Uses Notes: 

    Landscapes and containers.

    PLEASE NOTE: Sprinter® Boxwood Buxus is restricted and cannot be shipped to the state(s) of TN.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Prefers moist, well-drained soil. Fertilize with a controlled release fertilizer in spring. Pruning is seldom needed, but may be trimmed in summer.

    This is an improved, fast-growing form of 'Winter Gem'. Its glossy evergreen foliage is attractive year-round, and it has excellent hardiness. This variety's more upright habit makes it great for hedging. Faster growth means it will fill in more quickly than other varieties.  Use it for edging or a low hedge in formal gardens.

    Sprinter® Buxus microphylla 'Bulthouse' USPP 25,896, Can 5,282
  • 5 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I bought about 30 of the Sprinter Boxwoods in spring 2018 after learning about them on Laura LeBoutillier’s Garden Answer YouTube channel. They have definitely grown quite a bit since then. Due to their expensive price, I ordered the smallest size, they were barely 4” tall when they arrived in the Mail. Today, 3.5 year later, they have grown to about 14” tall and wide. I planted them about 18” apart because I was anxious to form a hedge asap. It has pretty much filled in by now, so I am pleased with the growth rate, it is performing as promised. My only issue with this plant is that it does bronze in the winter. It is getting more pronounced as the years go by. During the first winter, only a couple of plants turned bronze—and only in small parts of the plant, not the entire shrub. This winter, each of the plants has already turned bronze in about 80% of the plant. They do bounce back to a healthy deep green in the spring, but I just wanted to point this out, as this does not match the description. Overall, it is a wonderful, hardy plant. P.S. I fertilize with Holly Tone early spring and water as needed.

      , New Jersey
      , United States
      , 38 weeks ago
    • My garden receives full sun and is in New Mexico's high desert at an altitude of 5,000 feet with an annual rainfall of 9 inches. The soil is sandy and high in alkaline. I'm replicating an ancient Roman garden and ordered 44 Sprinter Boxwoods for formal hedges. The plants arrived healthy, in excellent condition and delivered on time. The day after my plants arrived the temperatures rose to 100- 105 degrees with 13 hours of full sun for the next seven days. Despite the heat and sun, I immediately planted the Sprinter Boxwoods in my garden. I prepped the soil with 50% native soil and the rest a combination of natural soil, potting soil, steer manure and coffee grounds. I topped the plantings with an inch of pecan shells for water conservation, weed block and to increase soil acidity plus the shells looks cool. My boxwoods are thriving! PW has provided excellent customer service. Although I prefer to buy locally, I'll order form PW again if my local nursery doesn't carry the plants I need.

      , New Mexico
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I ordered 6 Sprinter boxwoods (quart size) and planted them upon receipt in fall of 2020. I was impressed with the extensive, healthy root systems on all 6 plants. Three are planted in part sun and three are planted in shade. They overwintered beautifully and have already doubled in size as of June 2021. I will definitely be ordering more in the future. Note: I was planting around tree roots, so I really appreciated being able to get smaller, quart-size specimens for planting. This size is never available at my local garden centers.

      Amy MB
      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I ordered 4 of these through Proven Winners last winter, so they've been in my landscape for a whole year now. Not only did they arrive intact to my doorstep, but they've doubled in size since that day. They've done great in my front yard as an evergreen interest plant! Im underplanting them this year with proven winners perennials Daisy's and dianthus. I'm so glad I went with these boxwoods as apposed to the other boxwood options. The Sprinter boxwoods have had zero issues so far, and they remained a cheerful green in all the seasons.

      Jennifer P.
      , South Carolina
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
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