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Southern New Jersey
Green55
Apr 18, 2021 2:41 PM CST
A tree recently fell on my hedges and one died so now I have a hole that I am looking to fill. Unfortunately the previous owners planted the hedges and I am not sure what it is. I have attached a few photos and am hoping someone would be able to identify it.

Thanks in advance
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pepper23
Apr 18, 2021 3:36 PM CST
Boxwood.
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purpleinopp
Apr 18, 2021 5:24 PM CST
Are you sure it's dead? It's not that easy to kill a mature shrub.
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pepper23
Apr 18, 2021 5:28 PM CST
You have some dead limbs in there but that can be common and isn't a big deal when only a few like what you have there. Those shrubs there are definitely alive. Is there a nearby spot where the dead one was?
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plantladylin
Apr 18, 2021 5:43 PM CST
It reminds me of the Littleleaf Boxwood (Buxus microphylla) hedge that we had at our old house.
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Southern New Jersey
Green55
Apr 18, 2021 6:23 PM CST
purpleinopp said:Are you sure it's dead? It's not that easy to kill a mature shrub.


Yes, those pictures are of the living ones. I gave it a year in hopes of reviving it, but the limbs have still been brown with no leaves. While I was trying to trim some of the branches back the base of the shrub just snapped off.
Southern New Jersey
Green55
Apr 18, 2021 6:24 PM CST
pepper23 said:You have some dead limbs in there but that can be common and isn't a big deal when only a few like what you have there. Those shrubs there are definitely alive. Is there a nearby spot where the dead one was?


Sorry, yes I didn't take pictures of the dead area. Those pictures are of the alive area
Southern New Jersey
Green55
Apr 18, 2021 6:27 PM CST
plantladylin said:It reminds me of the Littleleaf Boxwood (Buxus microphylla) hedge that we had at our old house.


I agree that i think it is boxwood, just not sure what type. You maybe right. My parents had two of their shrubs die and they bought two new ones that they thought were the same. As we later learned and they filled in they clearly were not and it always looked terrible to me. I'm trying to avoid that.
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purpleinopp
Apr 18, 2021 6:28 PM CST
That does sound dead. That's amazing! It usually takes me a couple of years of digging and mangling to completely get rid of a boxwood.
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purpleinopp
Apr 18, 2021 6:28 PM CST
Take a healthy trimming to the store with you.
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Green55
Apr 18, 2021 7:25 PM CST
purpleinopp said:Take a healthy trimming to the store with you.


Didn't think off that, great idea 👍
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purpleinopp
Apr 18, 2021 7:28 PM CST
My pleasure.
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Iochroma
Apr 19, 2021 3:01 AM CST
I don't think that is a boxwood. It has serrated leaves. Maybe an Osmanthus...
Southern New Jersey
Green55
Apr 19, 2021 4:53 AM CST
purpleinopp said:Take a healthy trimming to the store with you.


Didn't think off that, great idea 👍
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tjhar
Apr 19, 2021 10:17 AM CST
Cotoneaster?
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ViburnumValley
Apr 19, 2021 8:42 PM CST
It might be embarrassing to admit, but a close look at all the pictures here seems to show small leaved evergreen plants with alternate arrangement of leaves - including the ID questioner AND the Plants DB image.

That ain't Boxwood - Buxus sp. - which will have opposite arrangement of small simple evergreen leaves.

Japanese Holly (Ilex crenata) is a much better fit. I think that is the ID that is being pursued. This plant is often used as a sheared hedge. There are many named selections of this species, so you may have to hunt a while to find an exact match. Southern New Jersey is a great place to successfully grow this plant, too.

I'd suggest a quicker route is to submit your question with pictures to the Holly Society of America web page, where there are Holly aficionados that can recognize almost any Holly. BTW: HSA has its home base in Millville, NJ - since 1947.

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MochaJoe
Apr 24, 2021 5:23 AM CST
I vote for holly.
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Lioba
Apr 24, 2021 6:03 AM CST
The leaves are too big to be boxwood. Do the shrubs have a nice unique smell in the spring? Then I lean to boxwood. If there is no fragrance then holly. I immediately thought holly. Good luck!
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porkpal
Apr 24, 2021 7:17 AM CST
Not boxwood, similar to Yaupon Holly.
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Southern New Jersey
Green55
Apr 24, 2021 11:15 AM CST
Lioba said:The leaves are too big to be boxwood. Do the shrubs have a nice unique smell in the spring? Then I lean to boxwood. If there is no fragrance then holly. I immediately thought holly. Good luck!


No smell/fragrance. So now I think you guys are right, some type of holly

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