Winter Gem Boxwood

Plant Details

- Low Maintenance

- Easy to Shape

- High tollerance for cold weather

An excellent evergreen shrub for small hedges. Among the hardiest of the small-leaved boxwoods, the rich green foliage can acquire a golden bronze hue in cold winter zones, but is one of the first to become green again in spring. Makes a wonderful addition to formal gardens, providing year-round interest.

Growing Tips

Growing Zone: 5-9

Height: 2-4 feet

Spread: 1-3 feet

Sun Exposure: Full Sun

Truly remarkable, the Miracle Fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum) is a mysterious berry on a beautiful evergreen bush! A lovely shrub to have in warmer climates, the fruit has a big secret! When eaten, it makes sour food taste sweet! The berries take away metallic, bitter, sour and unpleasant flavors, so all food is more palatable.

These compact and densely growing evergreens are vigorous and precocious growers, producing fruit in just a couple of years! The big pear-shaped leaves are densely packed, with the tiny white flowers hidden among them. Soon the berries form and are ready to harvest in summer through fall.

The Miracle Fruit's unique abilities come from a compound called miraculin, discovered by Japanese scientists in 1968 after local people in West Africa were seen snacking on the fruit. Tricking your tongue into believing that sour and acidic foods are instead sweet! Lasting a couple of hours, the berries themselves don’t have much of a flavor. They are a neat party trick, unique garden novelties, surefire conversation starters and gift plants!

Planting and Application:

Synsepalum can be grown as dense shrubs or pruned into tree-forms with relative ease! Reaching a good mid-height for a tree, they provide great shade and screening throughout the landscape and look beautiful when the tiny white flowers or the rosy drupes are accenting the branches. Grow one in a container or planter for northern climates bring them indoors for the winter!

Miracle Fruit berries are perishable and need to be eaten right away, or they need to be frozen or dried. But that just makes them fantastic for using in all your sweet desserts, ice cream and other treats, helping dieters and diabetics ‘sweeten’ their food without raising the glycemic index and adding sugar or calories.

  • Tiny White Flowers & Rosy Red Berries
  • Beautiful Evergreen Foliage - Dense Tree or Shrub
  • Harvest Summer - Fall
  • Hedge, Screening, Container & Patio Plant
  • Eccentric Plant, Novelty Conversation Starter & Quirky Gift!

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Miracle Berries need full sun and can handle shade (but you’ll not have as many flowers and fruit). Plant in a very well-drained and enriched, acidic site with low to moderate moisture. Provide regular water while establishing, and mulch well.

  • Full Sun & Moderate Moisture
  • Well-Drained Acidic Soil
  • Self-Fruitful
  • Slow Growing

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