The Q&A Archives: Green Mountain Boxwood

Question: We live in NOrthern NJ, I want to find and plant greenmountain boxwood where our 12 arbivitre died (dont ask but we were very upset). The spot does not get full sun, part of it gets full sun for a large part of the day and the other section gets partial sun for only part of the day. Will green mountain survive this (please note we replanted small boxwood shrubs in this area and although they have not grown much, they have survived in this spot in our yard.

Thank you,

Answer: Boxwoods actually prefer full sun but will handle partial sun as well; it might not be the best choice for a predominantly shady spot however. It is important to provide them with a well drained soil and wind protection, particularly in the winter. Your local professional nursery staff and/or county extension should be able to help you evaluate the location you have in mind in terms of growing boxwood there. Keep in mind though that they are very slow growing even under the best of circumstances so it can take many years for them to reach their full size. In your cold winter area, spring is probably a better time to plant boxwoods. Good luck with your planting!

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