Hedges - Knowledgebase Question

Fullerton, CA
Question by jobieca
July 2, 2002
Hi, What is the fastest growing boxwood? I need 5' tall and 3' wide. I need privacy by my pool. I'm willing to buy larger if that helps. Thank you, Margie Job my area is 3' wide 95' long. Full sun.

Answer from NGA
July 2, 2002


Boxwoods are considered slow-growers, and most put on less than 6" of new growth per year. Perhaps a better choice for the site would be Ligustrum (privet). The leaves of the Japanese privet are roundish-oval just like the leaves of a boxwood, and they have a similar growth habit; compact and dense. I suggest Ligustrum japonicum 'Rotundifolium'. It has a moderate growth rate, reaching a mature height of 5' tall and 3' wide.

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