Pruning Large Boxwoods - Knowledgebase Question

Mt. Victoria, MD
Question by shobert
August 21, 1998
My mother lives in an historic home in Southern Maryland which has several American Boxwoods 15+ high. These Box are hampering the view of the water from her house and probably not receiving proper light, etc. due to their size. They have been sheared yearly, but only about 3 to 4 inches. How drastically can they be pruned? If this can be done, can you advise when and how? Thanks so much. She has contacted Extension Services, universities, and even Williamsburg, but to no avail.


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Answer from NGA
August 21, 1998

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historic properties in that area of the state have faced a similar dilemma. It would be most useful to know what they have done and with what results, since the varieties of old box, the microclimate and the soils specific to your area will have the most affect on the outcome. Perhaps your historical society could help you contact other property owners who have similarly aged boxwoods.

The latter is that you might contact the American Boxwood Society at ph# 540-939-4646 to get their advice.

Good luck with the boxwoods! historic properties in that area of the state have faced a similar dilemma. It would be most useful to know what they have done and with what results, since the varieties of old box, the microclimate and the soils specific to your area will have the most affect on the outcome. Perhaps your historical society could help you contact other property owners who have similarly aged boxwoods.

The latter is that you might contact the American Boxwood Society at ph# 540-939-4646 to get their advice.

Good luck with the boxwoods!

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