Little Missy


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'Little Missy' is a compact, rounded, and densely growing boxwood selection that is useful as edging, a low hedge, foundation plant or specimen shrub.  Its glossy green, attractive evergreen foliage grows at a slow to medium rate in sun to partial shade, making it easy to maintain with minimal pruning. 

Both cold hardy and sun tolerant, Little Missy is a long-lived landscape shrub that is drought and deer resistant.  It has high resistance to Boxwood Blight and is somewhat resistant to boxwood leafminer.


Buxus microphylla 'Little Missy' PP 24,703

Wonderful in borders

Perfect compact form

Bright green foliage with a shine

Pair with other full sun favorites

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Little Missy

Plant Profile

Plant Type
Evergreen Shrub
Full to Part Sun
Average Height and Width
2-3’ x 2-3' H x W
Average Spacing
Hardiness Zones
Little Missy

Features & Uses

  • Evergreen all year round
  • Soft, glossy green leaves
  • Neat, compact growth habit
  • Naturally rounded form
  • Resistant to disease

Evergreens make life easy!

Evergreen varieties of Gardener's Confidence plants are so easy to care for! They have been bred and selected for minimal maintenance, disease and pest resistance, and most of all, many years of beauty in the landscape!


Providing a broad range of size, form, color and texture, evergreens create a perfect framework to unify the garden throughout the seasons.


Evergreen shrubs and trees can take up to three years for their new roots to grow into the surrounding soil and become established. When this happens, you’ll notice that your plant is growing faster.


Tip:  If after a few seasons, your healthy evergreen has grown to a size that you like, you can cut back on the amount of fertilizer you use in subsequent years, and this will also allow you to further cut down on pruning!

Evergreens make life easy!

Development Story

The Aim High™ Hollies are a result of breeding work by Dr. John Ruter of The University of Georgia. As part of his work to develop new plants for southeastern landscapes with unique characteristics or improved environmental tolerances, he selected three hybrid crosses of Japanese holly for the unique burgundy color of their new leaves; useful shapes for a variety of landscape designs; and tolerance to spider mites. Dr. Ruter is the co-author of Landscaping with Conifers and Gingko for the Southeast and head of the UGA Trial Gardens. 

Development Story
Care and Planting

Care and Planting

Aim High™ Hollies appreciate the same growing conditions as Japanese holly. Plant in an area with well-drained soil and full to partial sunlight. Fertilize as needed according to label directions using a fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants. These hollies all have a naturally compact and well-formed growth habit, and do not require pruning. However, if you wish to shape your shrub, the tight growth accepts shearing well, and pruning may encourage additional flushes of new, burgundy-tinted growth. Do not remove more than 1/4 of the overall plant at any time, and shear to a slightly tapered shape to allow sunlight to reach the lower branches. "Topping" the tips of Jade Lance™ is not recommended.

  • In the Garden

    In the Garden

    Little Missy Boxwood makes a wonderful way to frame various garden features in the landscape, from use as an evergreen foundation planting along the front or sides of the home, combined with other evergreens (such as upright hollies or camellias) accenting the corners of the foundation. 


    Feature as a continuous edging to a walkway, or along the front of a property, visually setting a green border for passersby. Frame a perennial bed of mixed seasonal flowers; colorful foliage plants; or even shrub roses.

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