Growing Zones: 5-8 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉) 5-8 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 2-4 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 2-4 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, TN
Versatile Compact Hedge
Soft, Compact Shrub
Also known as the True Dwarf Boxwood, this versatile English evergreen is the most popular and widely grown cultivar of all the boxwood shrubs. Because of its slow-growing nature, this shrub remains low and compact, presenting a wide range of uses for any landscaping design. This dense shrub's shape is naturally rounded and is surprisingly soft to the touch. Bright green leaves that are round and glossy are tightly packed onto each thin branch, making the English Boxwood's foliage practically impenetrable.
Stylish and Shapeable
English Boxwood responds well to pruning and can be sheared into any desired form, including topiaries and even bonsai art. This low-growing hedge is ideal for edging and borders along pathways or around flower beds and can be grown in a container for deck or patio décor. Group it with other landscape accents. Our Red Knockout Rose Trees stand out in spectacular fashion when encircled by this brilliant compact hedge. It looks magnificent bordering a walkway or driveway. Their fine attributes earned the English Boxwood top honors, which is why you'll find this evergreen rubbing elbows with royalty in select palace gardens around England.
Elegant style and grace combined with Boxwood's hardy, resilient and trouble-free nature make this shrub the best choice for homes and gardens. The Dwarf Boxwood performs well in full sun to partial shade and adapts nicely to most any soil type as long as it's well-drained. Once established, it needs little water to keep it happy. Deer don't care for nibbling on Boxwood, and it is unbothered by pests or diseases. A small amount of annual pruning, fertilizing and mulching will be more than adequate to keep your shrub happy and healthy all year long.
Just imagine all the ways you can grow this shrub! You can get started quickly! Order today and we'll ship it out the next business day.
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I had a hard time finding these locally. Shipped quick and looked great. Put them in last fall and they look great. These are nice boxwoods because they grow so slow and require little if any trimming.
Planting & Care
English Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’) is a small evergreen shrub that can tolerate full to partial sun and a wide range of temperatures from USDA growing zones 5-8. If in warmer climates, they will prefer dappled afternoon shade so the shallow roots can take advantage of the cooler soil. These shrubs prefer moist, but well draining location and a fairly neutral soil (6.8-7.5 pH range). They will also need a layer of mulch over the planting area to help protect the roots from heat.
Location: Choose a location where your English 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.
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 English 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: These plants are slow growers, only reaching an overall size of 2-4’ around. If left unpruned, they will grow into little tufts that look like clouds. They can be pruned into any shape and are great for a formal hedge. Pruning should be done after the last frost for the season so that no new growth is damaged by frost.
Pests: Although the English 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.
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Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
|$149 & above||Free Shipping!|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
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We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of April 7th|
|Zones 7-11||Ships Now!|