Winter Southern Exposure on Green Mountain Boxwoods - Knowledgebase Question

Batavia, IL
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Question by cjw2007
December 22, 2005
I planted 5 green mountain boxwoods fall of 2004 and covered them with burlap last winter. I did not cover this winter and some leaves are turning yellow. Is this normal or should I cover them again. They are getting southern full sun exposure.

Answer from NGA
December 22, 2005
Boxwoods can discolor in winter either due to sun or wind exposure causing them to dry out. A southern exposure is difficult for them because it reflects heat back off the building. I would use burlap, yes. Also make sure each fall that the soil is kept slightly damp until it freezes hard, that way they will go into the winter fully hydrated.

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