The Q&A Archives: Which boxwood is better for my area?

Question: I am wanting to plant some boxwood in front of my house. I have been told that the Chicagoland Green is the best for this area but I have seen the Faulkner here also. Is one of these better for my zone (4) than the other? I know these are slow growing and have seen the Faulkner in a larger size at HD so if that one is ok I will go with it, otherwise I will stay with Chicagoland Green. I am not wanting a formal hedge, just some nice color in the winter that is eay to maintain. Thanks, Cathy

Answer: Chicagoland Green is rated for zones 4-9, whereas Faulkner is rated for 5-9. Although plants rated on the borderline for a zone may perform fine for many years, if there is an unseasonably cold winter or cold snap, that can be the event that pushes them over the edge. All else being equal in your needs, I'd go with the Chicagoland. However, note that it takes full to part sun. The Faulkner takes sun or heavy shade. Determine what your sun exposure will be before making your decision. If it's in full shade, perhaps up against the house, the Faulkner may be fine. Good luck!

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