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Wintergreen Boxwood

Buxus microphylla 'Wintergreen'

Wintergreen Boxwood
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  • Ships Wednesday, Jan 23
  • 4"-8" tall
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    Growing Zones: 5-8
    (hardy down to -10℉)
    Growing Zones 5-8 Map
    Mature Height: 2-4 ft.
    Mature Width: 3-5 ft.
    Sunlight: Full-Partial
    Growth Rate: Slow
    Botanical Name: Buxus microphylla 'Wintergreen'
    Does Not Ship To: AZ, TN
  • Product Description
    Evergreen With Options

    Versatile Uses
    The cold-hardy Wintergreen Boxwood, also known as Korean Boxwood, is an incredibly versatile shrub. It adds appeal to casual or formal landscape designs. When grouped, Wintergreen complements most any garden grouping and looks fantastic in decorative pots to accent a deck or patio. When planted in a row the Wintergreen Boxwood becomes a hedge that can be squared off or rounded to create a neat and attractive border or foundation accent. It's not uncommon to see this hedge used as a backdrop for showy centerpiece plants in the garden.

    Don't hesitate to flank your driveway or walkway border with a row of Wintergreen Boxwood, as it truly gives an elegant look at a small cost. Wintergreen also pairs well to offset perennial flowers and roses for a quintessential English garden look. If yard space is limited, the compact size of the Wintergreen Boxwood provides a perfectly proportioned design element for a clean natural look. 

    Get Creative! It's Easy to Shape
    This evergreen beauty responds well to pruning and is commonly shaped into globes, boxes, or ovals. This dense shrub performs like a superstar when shaped into topiary designs or even bonsai art.  The slow-growing Wintergreen Boxwood typically gains only 2-3 inches annually, maturing to heights of about 3 feet with a 4-5 foot spread - if left alone.  The best news is - once you've molded yours into the desired shape, there will be little upkeep to keep it looking that way.

    Exceptional Green Foliage
    The foliage on the Wintergreen Boxwood stands out from your typical green shrub. Its leaves are oval in shape and appear to be delicate.  The small leaves lend a finely-textured look as their bright green hues darken slightly with age. An ongoing two-tone feature of bright and dark green foliage adds depth to this ornamental shrub. It even maintains its bright green color during winter months when other boxwoods can yellow. When other shrubs have lost their shine in winter, Boxwood keeps its delightful green glow.

    The Wintergreen Boxwood is adaptable to most soil types.  It's pest, deer and disease resistant. It's just as easy to grow for the beginning gardener as for the novice grower.  If you're hesitant to attempt your hand at shaping it, no worries, it's a gorgeous shrub in its natural state. 

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    Enjoy the vibrant green color all year.  Experiment with creating different shapes. Great price point, so order now!

  • Reviews
    4.1 / 5.0
    8 Reviews
    5 Stars
    4 Stars
    3 Stars
    2 Stars
    1 Star
    1 Gal size in 3 Gal Pot
    Ordered 3 Gal sized plants @ $40/ea, and they arrived. They were a little smaller than I expected, but I figured that's the norm. Until I order the same plants that arrived today from another site, and their 3 gallons were HUGE!

    Unfortunately my plants are in the ground, so I'm likely just out the cash right now.

    To be fair, I've been pleased with all other plants I've ordered from this site. Hoping this was just a fluke.
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    Added Jun 21, 2018
    June 21, 2018
    7 months ago
    Growing Zone:
    Part of a HOped for Noise Barrier!
    This dense moderate sized shrub is planted as a visual and noise barrier for the new standby generator we have installed at our home. They look great already, and will grow, though a bit slowly, for their full usefulness. Healthy plants arrived, potted, and in very good condition.
    June 21, 2018
    8 months ago
    Satisfied Customer
    I planted the boxwood and they look good. It was so easy to order and receive them. They look healthy and I believe they will do fine. It is to early to really tell yet.
    Thank you for a simple way to get them.
    June 11, 2018
    8 months ago
    This isn't what it looks like
    At all..............................
    July 29, 2017
    1 year ago
    nice size, very healthy, bright green
    My boxwoods arrived in excellent condition and were the size I expected. They have been planted 6 weeks now and have lots of new growth. I'm very pleased.
    June 14, 2017
    1 year ago
    just got them
    packaged nice. so far they sprouted new growth. spring season just got here...have to update next year if they make it through winter and come back
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    Added May 9, 2017
    May 9, 2017
    Howell, NJ
    1 year ago
    Growing Zone:
    Great shrubs.
    We are very happy with the packaging and the shrubs. The one gal is really pretty little but both sizes are happy and healthy...and the deer leave them alone. (so far).
    May 25, 2016
    Rochester, MI
    over 2 years ago
    Growing Zone:
    For Japanese gardens
    These work well in the Japanese gardens I work in and deers don't eat them in Maryland.
    May 3, 2016
    Laurel, MD
    Growing Zone:
  • Questions(17) & Answers(23)
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    Why did you choose this? Store
    I needed one more for my previous order.
    MARY A on Oct 20, 2018
    KATHLEEN S on Jun 3, 2018
    I needed one more for my previous order.
    MARY A on Oct 20, 2018
    Love greenery
    Uma K on Aug 8, 2018
    KATHLEEN S on Jun 3, 2018
    It is the shrub I was looking for as a tasteful border plant, adding to the two I already have, as a border for the new standby generator.
    Theodore S on May 17, 2018
    Need these for garden area in front of house and in front of outdoor kitchen
    Robert P on Apr 30, 2018
    Winter interest
    Ellie G on Apr 24, 2018
    Need them to accent in front of knock out roses
    Simon C on Nov 4, 2017
    Have 5 stars review and nice green color.
    Liliana K on Apr 18, 2017
    looking for not too tall boxwood to my front door. love the evergreen.
    Mei C on Apr 18, 2017
    shape and I like the look of them
    Lisa T on Apr 16, 2017
    Wanted blight resistant boxwood.
    George C on Apr 7, 2017
    To add to part of the landscaping decor with the arborvitae.
    Rosie P on Mar 30, 2017
    Wonderful lil shrubs, small and compact
    Shawn W on Mar 21, 2017
    Vibrant color and size of shrub.
    Ronald C on Mar 21, 2017
    going to put around my 5 tier birdbath with my knock out roses that I already have planted along with my english ivy going to look great.
    NELDINE P on Mar 4, 2017
    I just received 3 of these boxwoods in excellent condition... could not be happier, so I'm ordering three more. Ordered a tree last year, also having excellent results with it. Superb shipments.
    Beverly M on Feb 1, 2017
    Cold resistant
    cismetguss m on Jan 11, 2017
    I thought they would make a good addition to the other plants, and scrubs around my residence, and because they can be shaped differently, according to your landscape design.
    Herbert R on Oct 11, 2016
    small size
    Olivia C on Sep 9, 2016
    Not too familiar with this plant...just looking for green.
    Kara E on Aug 15, 2016
    for the shape
    ZUNYLKA B on Aug 2, 2016
    For the design, I need the round shape tree. This is perfect size.
    jim w on Jun 23, 2016
    Jinou X on Apr 20, 2016
    Soft foliage and a bright color of green to serve as a great backdrop to the flowerbeds and landscaping.
    Jodi B on Apr 4, 2016
    The bright green color and hardiness of the plant
    Sarah J on Apr 4, 2016
    Plush coverage for empty spaces.
    Jessica O on Mar 9, 2016
    size and color
    Patricia W on Dec 12, 2015
    I bought this bush because of the scent and the leaves can be crushed to boil and diffuse its smell in my house.
    Natacha T on Dec 10, 2015
    To add to various shrubs in back of yard.
    Maria C on Nov 3, 2015
    This type of boxwood is known to do well in the Chicago area. Also, it is very versatile. I am planting in a shady front yard and wanted to have good curb appeal.
    Pamela K on Nov 1, 2015
    Love greenery
    Uma K on Aug 8, 2018
    It is the shrub I was looking for as a tasteful border plant, adding to the two I already have, as a border for the new standby generator.
    Theodore S on May 17, 2018
    When do I prune them.?
    A shopper on Oct 5, 2014
    BEST ANSWER: I prune them even when they are growing in the summer, at all times of the year and it hasn't affected them.
    How to protect boxwoods the first winter?
    Maggie on Oct 28, 2014
    BEST ANSWER: The best way to keep your boxwoods from winter damage is to keep them vigorous and healthy, and select one appropriate for your location. For the first three years, give them water in late fall if you have a dry fall, as boxwoods may lose moisture from their leaves in winter faster than their roots can replace it from the frozen soil. Mulching also helps prevent winter damage. If you have a windy site, you may need to protect your young plant, and you should consider planting it in a protected area where wind is blocked by vegetation or a building. I am assuming you live in zone 5, as winter protection is not so crucial in warmer zones; you will be happy to know that he Chicago Botanic Garden considers Wintergreen to be the most reliable cultivar for the Chicago area, so you should have no problems!
    How close together do you recommend planting the 3' size?
    Tony G on Mar 24, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Wintergreen matures to a width of 3-5 feet, so I would plant them 3 feet apart for a hedge. . If you are planting as a specimen, allow 5 feet of space.
    what to do when boxwood turns yellow?
    A shopper on Jul 15, 2014
    BEST ANSWER: This could mean a few different things. If the leaves are also drooping like they look heavy then your boxwood is being over watered. If the leaves are dry, crisping and curling upwards then the boxwood is being under watered. Wintergreen Boxwoods need an inch of water a week, and ha problems if they sit in standing water.

    Check your plant closely for insects. They can also cause the leaves to turn yellow. If you see any visible bugs or signs of bugs apply seven dust or an organic pesticide to your boxwood.

    If you're giving your plant to correct amount of water and there's no sign of bugs give your boxwood some acidic fertilizer.
    Will the Boxwood plant grow well under a shade tree?
    Glenn A on Mar 11, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Probably not - this Boxwood likes full sun and will take light shade, but probably will not proper in the heavy shade under a large tree.
    Is it rabbit resistant?
    A shopper on Jun 9, 2014
    BEST ANSWER: If a winter is harsh and food is sparse rabbits and deer will eat anything! However the Wintergreen Boxwood isn't preferred by them. I would classify it as rabbit resistant because it isn't their first choice and they will eat other plants first.
    Do I water in the winter?
    Linda on Sep 8, 2014
    BEST ANSWER: Depends where you live. If it is freezing where you live then no. Would you water any other plant where you live?
    Are these boxwood deer resistant ?
    Anne C on Mar 17, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: So far so good. I have planted boxwoods all over our lot and they seem to leave them alone. Do keep in mind that we have not had a really bad winter for several years here in Michigan...and that might make a difference if they get hungry enough.
    Which is better to create a rounded hedge against a shaded fence area, the Wintergreen or the Velvet Green boxwood?
    Diana A on Jun 9, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Hi Diana. Ive noticed that my wintergreen boxwoods have taken on a naturally round shape as they grow. I would go with the bigger 3gallon ones as the smaller take time to grow, but they take off and grow really fast once established. Hope this helps.
    Does this variety have a scent?
    Annie on May 27, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: I don't think it has much of a scent.
    Can I leave my wintergreen boxwoods outside all winter? They are in containers and I am in zone 6 (north of Boston, MA) on the coast.
    Fran C on Oct 19, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Thank you for contacting us. Wintergreen Boxwood's' are hardy down to zone 5. They should not have any issues being left outside during the winter months in your zone; even inside a container. However, if you would like to winterize the bushes you can do so by placing extra layers of mulch around them. This will help add extra protection to the root system. If you have extreme weather conditions than you can even place burlap or a blanket on the plants as added protection.
    what months can i plant these if i live in NJ?
    devorah on Oct 5, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: No idea...I live in LosAngeles....thank God
    How big is the 1 gallon pot?
    Shelina S on Apr 5, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: They are going to be roughly 4"-8" tall.
    How does it respond to severe pruning? They have been allowed to grow too tall and were planted under our crepe myrtle.
    Bonnie D on Apr 1, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: They will respond very well to pruning.
    How far from the road do you need to plant these as we get a lot of snow and plows have the sand & sat? Thank you.
    Alexys T on Nov 11, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Without seeing the area, I would say 16-18 feet away from the road.
    Denver CO. when is the best time to trim?
    Ga N on Nov 1, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Early fall and spring is a good time to trim.
    Can you make tea from this wintergreen?
    A shopper on Jul 19, 2014
    BEST ANSWER: Yes you can make Wintergreen Tea from this variety. Although it isn't the common variety Gaultheria procumbens that is most commonly used.
    Would these do well under a really tall maple tree, the space gets sporadic sun during the day?
    A shopper on Jun 16, 2014
    BEST ANSWER: Full to partial shade is fine for Wintergreen Boxwoods. This should be fine.
  • Planting & Care
    It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Wintergreen Boxwood
    Wintergreen Boxwood Planting Diretions

    The Wintergreen Boxwood (Buxus microphylla 'Wintergreen') is known for its dense foliage that stays green year round. Reaching mature heights of 2-4 feet, they’re commonly pruned into ovals, boxes or globes but can be left to grow naturally and will take on a toadstool mushroom shape. They’re great for creating a formal hedge or a matching border but also look great when planted on either side of an entryway. The boxwood will do well in growing zones 5-8 and are known to be cold hardy down to -10 degrees.

    Location: Choose a location where your wintergreen 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. To avoid winter bronzing, plant your boxwood in an area where it will be protected from harsh winter winds, preferably close to a building. 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 4 feet apart, otherwise plant them 6-8 feet apart to create a more spaced look.

    Planting Instructions:
    1) Dig a hole the same depth as the root ball and twice as wide.
    2) Place the boxwood upright into the hole ensuring it is straight and begin to back fill 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.

    Watering: Water the Wintergreen Boxwood deeply to ensure the roots are getting adequate moisture. The soil should stay moist but not 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.

    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.

    Pruning: Wintergreen Boxwoods respond well with a bit of pruning. During the first 2 years of growth, prune your boxwood to your desired shape after 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 Wintergreen 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 insecticide spray.

    Planting and Care Directions for Wintergreen Boxwood
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