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Buxus 'Green Gem'

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BUK-sus
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
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Description

Buxus 'Green Gem' grows best in well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. It is noted for requiring little pruning but is tolerant of pruning and trimming. Limit cultivation around the shallow roots, it can damage the plant. Annual pruning will assist with air circulation.

Location and maintenance of this plant can have an effect on its health. Protect from winds and full winter sun by placing in a location where these conditions are limited. Winter winds can cause dehydration and bronzing. Remove any accumulated snow to protect the branches.

'Green Gem' is a broadleaf evergreen shrub that typically grows in a dense globe to 3-4' tall and as wide. Elliptic to oval, glossy dark green leaves hold their color well in winter.

'Green Gem' requires little pruning and is noted for its resistance to winter burn.

Root rot can be an issue in poorly drained areas.  

 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Buxus
    Family:
    Buxaceae
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Rounded
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Non-showy
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Shiny leaf, holds its color in winter
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Dogs and cats: vomiting, diarrhea; Horses: colic, diarrhea, respiratory failure, seizures
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Alkaloids
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No