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Bonsai 'Kingsville' Boxwood
Bonsai 'Kingsville' Boxwood
Price: $14.99     In Stock: 17 

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'Kingsville' Tree Size #0=1.5 Inch Sprig w/15+ Leaves (=$14.99)
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Although Pacific Coast Maples specializes in Japanese maple bonsai trees, the 'Kingsville' Boxwood is a bonsai tree that we felt we must add to our collection. The 'Kingsville' Boxwood (Buxus microphylla)"Japanese Boxwood" is the most sought after boxwood in the world today, do to its suitability for bonsai, its small evergreen leaves and its difficulty to acquire. The 'Kingsville' features tiny, scentless, dark green, leathery leaves, a dense growth habit and rough bark. These are all the characteristics that make an outstanding bonsai specimen. 'Kingsville' Boxwoods are very popular in the art of bonsai due to its tolerance for extensive pruning and shaping. These rare boxwoods are ideal for any bonsai lover, tolerating neglect and inexperience, without detriment to its attractive habit. 'Kingsville' Boxwoods are a hearty, slow growing plant only growing one to two inches each year. This is part of the reason why these bonsai trees are so rare and expensive. 'Kingsville' branches grow consistently horizontal making it look a miniature version of an 100 year old tree. 'Kingsville' Boxwoods began as a selected (Buxus microphylla)"Japanese Boxwood" seedling from William Appleby of Baltimore and was named after the Kingsville Nursery in Maryland where it was discovered in 1912. The 'Kingsville' originated here in the United States, however (Buxus microphylla) is native to Japan and Tawain. 'Kingsville' Boxwoods were not released to the public until 1937. 'Kingsville' Boxwoods will grow in either full sun or shade. When grown indoors they need at least 800 Lux of light. These beautiful bonsai trees need to be protected from cold winds and winter Sun, thus it is important to either place in a cold frame with ample root protection, or bring indoors once the weather begins to show signs of frost. Winter injury can be caused by summer drought, prolonged rainy periods and forced late growth. In the summer they need a breeze to prevent inside leaves from mildewing. They are hardy to Zone 5. 'Kingsville' Boxwoods do not like wet soil so allow your bonsai to somewhat dry out between waterings. 'Kingsville' Boxwoods need a liquid or organic fertilizer every two to four weeks between the months of May thru October. We do not recommend acid fertilizer as they prefer slightly alkaline soil, thus an occasional dose of lime is recommended. When working on styling a 'Kingsville' Boxwood you'll want to minimize foliage removal as they only grow one to two inches per year. Secondly, use copper wire which will allow you to "feel" the movement of the branches and avoid breaking them. Lastly, 'Kingsville' Boxwoods form naturally interesting shapes, therefore, it is recommended that you consider using the natural before you cut. Boxwoods are steeped in history, boxwood sprigs are known to have been found in the tombs of Roman nobility. Boxwoods are also known as a hedge plant, and a common topiary subject as well. The boxwood is an important commercially, as it is one of the few woods that are heaver than water, and because of this, it is used for making woodcuts and precision instruments. 'Kingsville' Boxwoods are flexible, inexpensive and easy to grow as young sprigs, but become very expensive and valuable with age. We wholeheartedly recommend 'Kingsville' Boxwoods and only 'Kingsville' to anyone who enjoys the art of bonsai.

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