These hardy evergreen shrubs can be used for a variety of landscaping needs. Can be easily manipulated into a multitude of shapes, such as boxes or globes.
They have made their way into many American gardens as both privacy hedges, fences, borders both small and large, and as ornamental plants. Boxwood shrubs are generally slow growing shrubs.
The 2 types of boxwood shrubs that we offer have small, rounded shapes. The Wintergreen Boxwood is more cold hardy while the Japanese Boxwood gets a little larger.
Choose your new boxwood with care and thought. What does your planting sight look like? Are you trying to make a single specimen plant or use it as a hedging plant? Each boxwood can provide a variety of uses depending on your landscape's needs.
Check out the Boxwood Grow guide for information on choosing, planting, and growing your slow growing evergreen shrub.
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How to Plant Boxwoods
Boxwoods prefer full sun and partial shade during the hottest periods of the year. Choose a planting site that has both. It is important to water the boxwood plant extensively during the initial planting period. They require a lot of water to establish their shallow root system.
Wondering how to care for boxwoods? It is easy peasy. Boxwood bush care includes ensuring that it receives full sun to partial shade, proper watering, and gives it the nutrients it needs. Boxwoods should be watered daily when first planted and should be watered 1-2 times per week except in the summer months.
How to Prune Boxwoods
When pruning boxwoods you want to get rid of any dead or diseased boxwood leaves or branches. You will want to use sanitary, sharp scissors when pruning. Boxwoods can be heavily pruned so don’t be scared of cutting too much because it can always grow back.
When to Prune Boxwoods
The best time to prune boxwoods is in the Spring if you’re going to do a heavy pruning. The plant can be touched up for shaping up until mid-summer. Be sure not to prune past mid-summer.
The best fertilizer for boxwoods is a slow release fertilizer that can give your plant nutrients every time it’s watered. At Perfect Plants, we offer a Root Boosting Fertilizer that only needs to be applied once and it will give your plant an entire year of nutrients.
When it’s time to transplant your boxwood you want to make sure you do it at the right time. The best time to transplant boxwoods is in early fall or late winter. Once it’s that time of year you can dig a hole around your plant about 1-2ft out, really making sure the majority of the soil stays with the plant. From there you will need to have your new site ready and just plop your plant in and you’re finished.
Can You Plant Boxwoods in Containers?
Although boxwoods can get fairly big when planted in the ground, it’s not the case when in a container. Since these plants are so laid back they don’t mind being in containers and can be heavily pruned annually to keep them a certain shape or size.
How Fast Do Boxwoods Grow?
The boxwood growth rate is very slow, only growing less than a foot per year.
Boxwood Landscaping Ideas
Boxwoods are very versatile plants and can be incorporated into your landscape in many ways. Here are some ways in which you can use boxwoods in your landscaping; boxwood wall, boxwood hedge wall, boxwood garden, boxwood privacy hedge, boxwood hedge planter, etc.
Boxwood Companion Plants
Boxwoods are very easy to incorporate in your landscape due to their versatility. When planting boxwood consider these companion plants: low growing flowering shrubs (ex: daylily), ground covers (ex: variegated liriope), and/or ornamental grasses (ex: white African iris).
What Happens to Boxwoods in Winter?
Since boxwoods are evergreen they won’t have much leaf drop or color changing concerns. The main problem for boxwoods in winter is winter burn. Winter burn is when the leaves turn a yellow- brown color when temperatures get too cold for the shrub.
Do Boxwoods like Shade?
Boxwoods can tolerate partial shade conditions but thrive in full sun. If planted in full shade the plant will most likely not survive.
Any Boxwood Diseases?
Boxwoods have a few problems that can occur if not properly prevented. Boxwoods can experience winter damage from winter burn, where the boxwood turns yellow. Root rot is another common problem, along with nematodes. Nematodes are tiny roundworms that eat at the roots of plants, draining them and causing them to die back. There is also a macrophoma leaf spot which is a fungus that turns boxwood leaves yellow or tan. These can easily be treated with neem oil, but will naturally flush out on its own. Lastly, you will want to be aware of volutella blight which is when new growth turns from red to yellow at the beginning of the growing season.