Japanese Kingsville Boxwood Bonsai Tree, botanical name Buxus microphylla, is native to Japan and Taiwan. Other species of the Buxus family are native to western and southern Europe, southwest, southern and eastern Asia, Africa, Madagascar, northernmost South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.
With over 70 species in the Buxus family, there is a tree to suit everyone. Buxus microphylla is a branched evergreen shrub that can grow in shade or full sun. It has naturally small leaves that are great for making a bonsai.
Botanical name: Buxus microphylla
Common Names: Japanese Box, Littleleaf Box, Littleleaf Boxwood, Japanese Boxwood Bonsai, Kingsville Dwarf Boxwood, Japanese Kingsville Boxwood.
Origin: Japan and Taiwan
Appearance: Japanese Kingsville Boxwood Bonsai is an evergreen shrub with dense canopy of tiny dark green leaves supported by attractive old looking trunk. Bark looks old even when the tree is young.
Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both. This bonsai can be grown indoors or outdoors.
Light Requirements: It likes full sun but does also well in partial shade. Inside you can put it next to the window.
Water Requirements: It needs regular watering, daily during summer months when tree is growing, less during winter months.
Pruning/Training: During spring or summer to display branches more and to open the crown, cut away some of the secondary inner branches. You should pinch back new shoots by half when they reach 1/2 inch long to maintain the bonsai shape. Pinching and cutting should be done by during growing season.
Bonsai Style: You can use most of the bonsai styles to shape this tree.
Fertilizing: Fertilize Japanese Kingsville Boxwood Bonsai every two weeks with well balanced liquid fertilizer. Fertilization should be done during growing season from spring until late summer.
Repotting: It should be repotted every two or tree years. This plant likes acid well-drained soil. You can use a standard bonsai soil mix.
Hardiness: Does best in the USDA Zones 6-8. Japanese Kingsville Boxwood Bonsai Tree is a hardy tree but needs to be protected from frost and cold winds.
Insects and Diseases: Overwatering might cause the root rot. Sometimes could be troubled by mites, scale and leaf miners.
Propagation: Propagated by root divisions, seeds, semi-hardwood cuttings in spring or fall, hardwood cuttings in winter (remove leaves).
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