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Curly Locks Boxwood*

Buxus microphylla 'Curly Locks'

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Curly Locks Boxwood (Buxus microphylla 'Curly Locks') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Curly Locks Boxwood

Curly Locks Boxwood

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Curly Locks Boxwood (Buxus microphylla 'Curly Locks') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Curly Locks Boxwood foliage

Curly Locks Boxwood foliage

(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:  5

Other Names:  Littleleaf Box, Japanese Boxwood


This is a bright green shrub that forms a dense mound and is wider than tall; foliage has curled appearance as it matures and branches appear twisted; an extremely versatile shrub that's ideal for small and formal hedges or topiary, takes pruning well

Ornamental Features

Curly Locks Boxwood has green foliage with hints of coppery-bronze. The small glossy oval leaves remain green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Curly Locks Boxwood is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded 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.

Curly Locks Boxwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Topiary
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Curly Locks 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 approximately 30 years.

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 or pH. 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.

Curly Locks Boxwood makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used 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
Massing  Screening  Garden  Topiary  Container 
Plant Form  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features