Japanese Box, Buxus microphylla
The Japanese Box (Buxus microphylla) is indigenous to Japan and Taiwan. An evergreen shrub, it only grows 6 -10 feet in height with short bright green oval shaped leaves less than an inch in length. It is grown as an ornamental plant both in its native area and in other temperate regions. Variant cultivars of this species are often used in bonsai.