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This Boxwood is a beginner's gem as it is super easy to maintain and can tolerate sun or shade. It is deer and rabbit resistant, and really doesn't require much more than an annual pruning to keep it shaped. Stunning evergreen leaves are a deep emerald and do wonders to offset your flower beds. A no-brainer to include in the garden.

American Boxwood

As Beautiful as it is Robust and Versatile

Size: 3 Gallon

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Size: 2 Gallon

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Size: 1 Gallon

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Experts Recommend

Planting Mix
American Boxwood Planting Mix

Helps your American Boxwood get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
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Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant - 2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

DIEHARD Transplant
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As American as baseball and apple pie, the American Boxwood is one of the most relied on plants in a landscaper’s repertoire. Whether in a formal setting or a casual situation, this shrub is always up for the task thanks to its versatility. 

Ornamental throughout the year, this evergreen exhibits tiny pale green flowers in spring set against a bed of lovely dark green leaves that are oblong and glossy. American Boxwood performs like a carefree superstar of the garden. 

Reaching heights of 10-12 feet, with an 8-10 foot spread, and sporting extremely dense foliage, the noble American Boxwood is the ideal choice for a privacy screen to buffer any neighborhood noise

The American Boxwood may also be used as a foundation hedge, an individual specimen or grouped in threes for accent. It responds well to pruning and can be shaped into a rounded or squared off design, and can also be container grown as a topiary or bonsai for deck or patio décor. 

This Boxwood enjoys full sun to partial shade and adapts nicely to most any soil type as long as it’s well-drained. A small bit of annual pruning, fertilizing and mulching will be more than enough to keep your shrub happy and healthy all year long. 

Impervious to cold weather, pest, deer and disease resistant, and oh so easy to grow…this low-maintenance beauty is one tough customer to beat. 

At Fast Growing Trees Nursery, we only sell plants that are healthy, well-developed and ready for planting, ensuring that you will always get years and years of enjoyment from watching your garden grow. 

Growing Zones: 5-9

Mature Height: 10-12 ft.
Mature Width: 8-10 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Buxus sempervirens
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 5-9
This plant is recommended for zones: 5-9
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Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your American Boxwood.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your American Boxwood gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your American Boxwood again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Propagation of American Boxwood.
Very tolerant to misting (not even on a daily basis) Roots quite rapidly and nearly 90% rooting success. Very fast growers.
August 6, 2014
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We just received 4 via FedEx and they were professionally packaged and boxes were undamaged. Plants look great, nice root balls, have new growth on branches too. We just planted and they look great! We will be ordering more soon.
April 17, 2015
bedford, TX, US
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Plants came quickly and in very good condition. They have done very well in the gardn.
July 25, 2015
6 months ago
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Too early to tell
The plant arrived in good condition, but not as shaped as I would have wished.
The cemetery crew was nice enough to plant them for me and I was not there but I think they did a good job.
My main worry was their water system has gone defunct over the years, so I am not sure how well they were watered
July 25, 2015
7 months ago
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Ideal for a hedge, year round color. Good information online and a 1 gallon size is decent for starting new hedge
Eileen S on Oct 25, 2015
Ideal for a hedge, year round color. Good information online and a 1 gallon size is decent for starting new hedge
Eileen S on Oct 25, 2015
on average how fast does it grow per year?
A shopper on Oct 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Boxwood grow relatively slowly, and this one will grow between 5 to 8 inches a year, depending on growing conditions. It grows fastest in the first few years when it is young, and then slows down as it gets older.
Does the American Boxwood have a reasonably deep root system or is it shallow like the evergreen blue spruce?
Regina K on Aug 13, 2014
BEST ANSWER: American Boxwood has a fairly shallow root system that goes down about a foot.
How tall is the 3 gallon plant?
A shopper on Aug 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: very small
I have several American Boxwoods in front of a house I purchased. They are overgrown and growing into each other. They are beautiful, just simply out of control due to zero care over a number of years. They need a large amount of trimming. If I trim them back 1/3, I will trim all the green foliage off them and have nothing but stems. I am at a loss for how to proceed. I don't want to destroy them, simply cut them back enough to see the windows on the house. What can I do? Thank you, Glenn Baker
Glenn B on May 16, 2015
When is the best time to plant the American boxwood? (Month?)
Amanda A on Apr 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: American Boxwood can be planted any time the ground is not frozen, though if you plant in summer, you will need to pay attention to watering so the ground stays evenly moist. Our horticultural experts have created a shipping schedule that makes sure that we ship only when a particular plant can be planted in the area we are shipping to -- part of our effort to help our customers be successful with their plants!
The American Boxwood how many inches or feet dose it grow per year and I leve in Altadena, CA above Pasadena, CA and what zone am I in ?
keesel47 on Nov 23, 2014
Will this plant do well in full shade?
Jon M on Apr 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: AMerican Boxwood prefers to grow in sun to part shade. It tends to be leggy and spindly in deep shade.
How fast do they grow in zone 9? How much watering do they need?
L G on Jun 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Like most long-lived plants, American Boxwood grows rather slowly, 5-8 inches a year. It grows fastest when young, and very slowly when mature. You should water them the first year or two after planting, keeping the ground evenly moist. After they are established, give them water during hot, dry periods. Be sure the location is well drained, and apply mulch to help keep the shallow roots from drying out, but keep mulch 3 or so inches away from the base of the plant.
If I wanted to use the 1 gallon plants for a perimeter, how far apart should they be planted?
Jonathan V on Jul 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I planted mine 5 foot from center to center. These are slow growing plants so it will be several years for the plants to grow together to make a perimeter.
Will deer eat boxwood?
A shopper on Sep 10, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I knowingly purchased the American Boxwood because it was deer resistant. My property boarders a heavily wooded area with many deer and I have had no problems
what time of the year do you prune them?
Gerry on Jun 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: spring and or fall but i wouldnt prune for first two years until ur root system has developed as the treee needs as many leaves as possible to grow
Part of the outside of my boxwood has died or looks that way and the inside is totally barren with green on the outside still. What is happening to it?
Ellen on Aug 10, 2014
BEST ANSWER: last winter in the Midwest was a killer for many evergreens. I planted three American Boxwood and lost all of them. I also planted another boxwood and lost about 1/3 of it. Older boxwoods on my property were devastated. I am told there is a solution that can be sprayed on evergreens to hold in moisture during the winter but I have not tried it. If the Fall is dry, water all evergreens thoroughly just as the ground starts to freeze.
How far apart do I plant the 3 gallon boxwood if I want to make it as a fence?
Amy W on Jun 13, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Plant them about 4 to 6 feet apart for a privacy hedge. They get 8 - 10 feet wide, their foliage will fill in quickly.
The American Boxwood is a beautiful plant/ Will it grow well in El Paso TX and if so what soils should I use?
Glenn A on Mar 11, 2015

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Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.

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