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Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

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Description

Buxus sempervirens grows in evenly moist, well-drained loams (e.g., sand-clay mixture) in full sun to part shade. This plant can grow in close to full shade, but are less vigorous and will have decreased foilage.  Growing in full sun is likely to cause the foliage to scorch in winter or bring on mite attacks.

Plants grown in full shade will be less than desired, having decreased foliage. On the other hand, when growing in full sun, the foliage may scorch, turn brown in winter and suffer from mite attacks. Morning sun is best.

'Suffruticosa' is tolerant of pruning, however, pruning should be done after the last frost. Pruning will lead to tender new shoots, which can be damaged by a late frost. Its shallow roots should be protected with a layer of mulch. Limit cultivation around these shallow roots, it can damage the plant. 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. Thinning plants annually will assist with air circulation. 

 

 

 

 

A true dwarf English boxwood.

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#evergreen#specimen#bonsai#winter interest#hedge#accent plant#rabbit resistant#mass planting#topiary#deer resistant#foundation planting#formal
Cultivars:
Tags:
#evergreen#specimen#bonsai#winter interest#hedge#accent plant#rabbit resistant#mass planting#topiary#deer resistant#foundation planting#formal
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Buxus
    Species:
    sempervirens
    Family:
    Buxaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Leaf Cutting
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southern Europe, northern Africa and western Asia
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Mounding
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Non-showy
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Orange
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Undulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Lustrous, dark green leaves, light green to yellowish on underside of leaf. May develop an orange-green case in winter.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Walkways
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Rabbits