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An evergreen shrub ideal for sculpting, boxwood can take the shape of a neat mound or grow into small green clouds of foliage if left unmanicured. It's one of the most popular choices for garden topiaries. This fragrant shrub is frequently used as an outliner and definer around garden beds and path; it forms graceful short hedges. Garden neat freaks will want to wield the pruning shears frequently to keep boxwood in bounds. Provide a well-drained soil for boxwood to prevent problems with root rot.


Part Sun, Sun



8 to 20 feet


To 15 feet wide

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more varieties for Boxwood
'Green Gem' boxwood

'Green Gem' boxwood

Buxus 'Green Gem' is a compact variety with dark green leaves that retain their color well in cold winters. It grows only 2 feet tall and wide. Zones 4-8

'Greenmound' boxwood

'Greenmound' boxwood

Buxus 'Greenmound' retains its bright green color through the darkest winter days. It's compact (to 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide), slow growing, and extra cold hardy. Zone 4-8

'Green Mountain' boxwood

'Green Mountain' boxwood

Buxus 'Green Mountain' is a cross between cold-hardy Korean boxwoods and evergreen boxwood. It features deep green winter color and grows 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Zones 4-8

'Green Velvet' boxwood

'Green Velvet' boxwood

Buxus 'Green Velvet' stays only 3 feet tall and wide and tolerates very cold winters without burning. Zones 5-8

'Northern Beauty' English boxwood

'Northern Beauty' English boxwood

Buxus sempervirens 'Northern Beauty' is one of the hardiest English boxwood varieties. It grows 5 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-8

'Vardar Valley' English boxwood

'Vardar Valley' English boxwood

Buxus sempervirens 'Vardar Valley' is a favorite English boxwood that features dark green foliage prized for holiday decorations. It forms a tall, sprawling hedge if left unpruned. It grows to 5 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-8

'Wintergreen' boxwood

'Wintergreen' boxwood

Buxus 'Wintergreen' features smaller, dark green color that don't burn in winter. It grows 2 feet tall and wide. Zones 4-8

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