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American Boxwood

Buxus sempervirens

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Growing Zones: 5-9
(hardy down to -10℉)

Growing Zones 5-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

10-12 ft.

Mature Width:

8-10 ft.



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Botanical Name:

Buxus sempervirens

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As Beautiful as it is Robust and Versatile

Versatile Ole' Faithful
As American as baseball and apple pie, the American Boxwood is one of the most reliable plants you can have. Homeowners prefer it for its ease of ownership and landscapers appreciate its versatility.

Shape it and grow it any way you like.  Planted in a row, it's a spectacular foundation hedge. Line them in front of your porch for added privacy and year-round foliage. The American Boxwood is also an interesting individual specimen. Get creative with it!  If you have an existing garden and just want an added accent, this will fit the bill when added to any grouping. 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.

Fast Growing Privacy Screen
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. It can also act as a natural privacy fence, so your family can enjoy cookouts and swim parties without onlooking neighbors, or people driving by.  

Healthy Green Shrub All Year
This shrub stays true to its colors all year long. A green 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. It's a healthy specimen that performs well even in cold temperatures.  In fact, it's cold hardy down to -10° F. 

Impervious to pests, deer, and disease resistant, this oh so easy to grow no-fuss beauty is one tough customer to beat.  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.

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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
over 3 years ago
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American Boxwood
Plants came quickly and in very good condition. They have done very well in the gardn.
July 25, 2015
over 3 years ago
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just received
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
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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

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your American Boxwood

American Boxwood Planting Diretions

The American Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) is one of the larger boxwood species available maturing to heights of 10-12 feet tall and 8-10 feet wide. They are commonly planted in USDA growing zones 5-9 making them fairly cold tolerant and they are also quite drought resistant. Their mature height makes them fantastic for hedges and privacy screens with their dark green, glossy, oblong, dark green foliage. This slow growing, full to partial sun loving boxwood will also produce small, pale green flowers in the spring season adding to their natural evergreen beauty. The American Boxwood is a full to partial sun lover and once situated in their new home are basically maintenance free year round save for some light pruning and fertilizing.

Location: Choose a location where your American boxwood will receive full or partial sunlight. If you live in an area that gets very hot, they will do best when given some afternoon shade. Well draining soil is a must and they perform best when pH levels are between 6.5 and 7. To create a hedge, plant your boxwoods 2 feet apart, otherwise plant them 5-6 feet apart to create a more spaced look.

Planting Instructions (in ground):
1) Dig a hole the same depth as the root ball and three times as wide.
2) Place the boxwood upright into the hole ensuring it’s straight and begin to backfill the hole, watering every couple inches to prevent air pockets from forming.
3) Once the hole is completely filled, gently pat down the soil and give your plant a deep watering.
4) To help retain moisture in the soil and deter weed growth, apply a 2-3 inch deep layer of mulch around the base of the boxwood extending 12 inches past the foliage. Make sure that the mulch is 2-3 inches away from the trunk of the plant. If it is touching the boxwood then rot and fungus may set in.

Planting Instructions (potted):
1) Select a container that is 1-2 sizes larger than the one the boxwood came in and make sure it has adequate drainage holes on the bottom.
2) Use a tree and shrub soil when filling in the area around the root system, avoid using heavy top soils.
3) Leave about a ½ inch open from the rim to make for easy watering and prevents it from spilling over.
4) A light feeding of compost on the top of the soil in spring should suffice for additional nutrients.

Watering: Water the American Boxwood deeply to ensure the roots are getting adequate moisture. The soil should stay moist but never saturated as this can lead to root rot. Once it has established, it will need a weekly watering during periods of drought or extreme heat. Potted boxwoods should be hand watered until you see it escaping the drainage holes and then stop. In the summer you may need to provide a little more water but in the winter you shouldn’t have to water very frequently at all.

Fertilization: Apply a balanced shrub fertilizer formula such as 10-10-10 in Spring before the start of new growth. Avoid applying fertilizer within 6 inches from the main stem of the boxwood to prevent root burn. Providing you use a good, fertile soil you should not have to fertilize your potted boxwood.

Pruning: American Boxwoods respond well to pruning. During the first 2 years of growth, prune your boxwood to your desired shape before new growth in Spring. In the following years, the tips of the shrub will need to be pruned to maintain its shape.

Pests: Although the American Boxwood is virtually pest and disease resistant, boxwood leaf miner is possible. Yellowing foliage can be a sign of this and should be treated with a horticultural oil or insecticidal spray.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Bought 8 of them, came quickly and packaged well, looked so good decided to add some more to the landscape
Daniel A Hausman A on Sep 24, 2016
something low
Frank Z on Aug 6, 2016
Bought 8 of them, came quickly and packaged well, looked so good decided to add some more to the landscape
Daniel A Hausman A on Sep 24, 2016
Not too familiar with this plant...just looking for green.
Kara E on Aug 15, 2016
something low
Frank Z on Aug 6, 2016
I would like a hedge without any thorns or berries, and these stay green all year long.
Stanley Lynch S on Jul 2, 2016
After much research, i decided that this type of plant would be ideal for growing a privacy hedge...
john c s on Feb 27, 2016
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
Not too familiar with this plant...just looking for green.
Kara E on Aug 15, 2016
I would like a hedge without any thorns or berries, and these stay green all year long.
Stanley Lynch S on Jul 2, 2016
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.
When is the best time to plant the American boxwood? (Month?)
Mandi 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!
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.
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: based on the company literature they should be planted 4 ft. apart.
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.
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
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.

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