Growing Zones: 5-9 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉) 5-9 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 10-12 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 8-10 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Buxus sempervirens
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, TN
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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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.
Planting & Care
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.
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