Boxwood - Knowledgebase Question

Fresno, CA
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Question by bmitchell7
January 19, 2007
Which of the boxwoods used for hedges do not


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Answer from NGA
January 19, 2007
Korean boxwoods tend to turn brown in cold weather so avoid these. Buxus sempervirens, or American Boxwood, will retain its green color during winter. The American boxwood is a wide-spreading shrub or small tree with very dense, evergreen foliage. Although very old plants may reach 20 feet, it more commonly grows to a height of 5 to 10 feet. Leaves are dark green above and yellow green beneath, 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches long, and oblong to oval in shape. It is usually used as a foundation, corner, accent, or screening plant. This species and most of its cultivars are tolerant of cold weather.

Buxus sempervirens cultivars:
'Angustifolia - largest leaves; often tree-like in habit

'Elegantissima- cream-margined leaves

'Graham Blandy- narrow upright, columnar; 9'x11/2' in 20 years

'Pendula- pendulous branchlets; grows into small tree

'Suffruticosa - very dwarf, slow-growing, and compact; leaves up to 3/4 inch long; called "edging" or "English" boxwood; one of the most popular cultivars

'Vardar Valley'- low-growing, flat-topped, mounding form (2-3' by 4-5'); dark blue-green foliage

Hope this information is helpful!

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