Plant ID forum: Boxwood ID, not sure if the label is right

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Frillylily
Apr 11, 2018 2:47 PM CST
Tag says Green Velvet Boxwood. I want to make sure that it is the right variety because I don't want to buy anything that won't thrive in my zone. And I like the edging/colors, will that stay through the summer?


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Apr 11, 2018 2:51 PM CST
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plantladylin
Apr 11, 2018 3:07 PM CST
I've never seen a Boxwood with those colors, it really is beautiful! Googling for Boxwood (Buxus 'Green Velvet') only shows shrubs with green leaves, no variegation.

Mobot's description: http://www.missouribotanicalga... : ~ 'Green Velvet' is a broad-mounded, compact form (B. sempervirens x B. microphylla var. koreana) of boxwood that will mature to 3-4' tall and as wide. Opposite, glossy, dark green leaves are evergreen. Pale green flowers are inconspicuous.~

Monrovia's description: ~ A full-bodied boxwood well-suited for dense, low hedges. Foliage retains its rich green color throughout winter. Develops a vigorous, rounded form if not pruned. A wonderful evergreen that will provide year-round, cold-hardy color and structure in the garden. ~

There are some Coprosma shrubs that have variegated foliage with creamy margins:




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Silversurfer
Apr 11, 2018 4:54 PM CST
Sorry Lin but I do not think it is any sp or variety of Coprosma.
Coprosma leaves typically all have a high waxy shine.

Frillylily appears to have a box...Buxus sp.....but definitely not Green Velvet Boxwood.
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Frillylily
Apr 11, 2018 5:01 PM CST
I have seen boxwoods before and this is definitely a boxwood. I am just unsure of the variety and don't trust the tag. I found the plant at Lowes.
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DaisyI
Apr 11, 2018 5:14 PM CST
It looks just like my Green Velvet Boxwood. The bronze leaves and white edges are caused by cold sunny winter days. They will turn green again as soon as the weather warms up.

If you want, I can go take a photo of mine to show you. If you grow it in the shade, it won't get the bronze leaf thing.
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plantladylin
Apr 11, 2018 5:19 PM CST
Silversurfer said:Sorry Lin but I do not think it is any sp or variety of Coprosma.
Coprosma leaves typically all have a high waxy shine.

*Blush* I wasn't meaning to insinuate her photo was of Coprosma ... just a substitute if she was looking for pretty variegation. Smiling

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plantladylin
Apr 11, 2018 5:22 PM CST
D'Oh! I should have worded my post a bit better. To clarify, I do think Frillylily's photo is a Buxus sp. I just thought that perhaps it was something other than Green Velvet since I didn't find anything on the cultivar Green Velvet mentioning those gorgeous variegated leaves.

It appears that Daisyl has confirmed that Frilly's photo is indeed 'Green Velvet'. Thumbs up
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Frillylily
Apr 11, 2018 7:23 PM CST
Thank you! well we have had plenty of cold sunny days here, so that explains things. I really did not think it would keep the neat coloring into the summer, but wasn't sure.

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