Green Tower® Boxwood
Green Tower® Boxwood
Buxus sempervirens 'Monrue' Plant Patent #15,243Item #1390 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
The perfect evergreen hedge for tight spaces or to create a privacy screen. Lustrous dark green leaves have a lighter green underside. Very columnar growth makes it an ideal specimen for formal topiary shapes. Medium to finely textured foliage does not brown out in winter, and its density makes it a favorite shelter plant for birds.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 9 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:BUK-sus sem-per-VY-renzDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:Columnar, NarrowGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 9 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide.Foliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.Flower color:YellowPatent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.Design IdeasPlant tightly spaced for a carefree evergreen hedge barrier. Density is ideal for boundary hedges to define space. Narrow diameter is particularly valuable in side-yards for privacy screens along fence line or at windows. Use as single columnar specimen or in pairs to flank gate or entry. Adapts well to shearing but remains naturally narrow if allowed to grow unhindered. Foolproof background for semi-formal borders. A superior evergreen foundation plant to soften large bare walls and cloak utilities.Companion PlantsSpirea (Spiraea); Weigela (Weigela); Lilac (Syringa); Blue Fescue (Festuca); Coneflower (Echinacea); Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)
- CareCare InformationThrives in enriched, well-drained, neutral to slightly acidic soils. Mulch root zone to conserve moisture and to keep roots cool. Water deeply and regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply fertilizer in early spring. Prune as needed to shape.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:This species is native to the Mediterranean where it became popular in classical Roman gardens and remains essential in Italian landscapes today. It was used to develop the ancient art of shearing plants into forms that we know as topiary that later became central to both French and Italian parterres. This is the signature genus of the Buxaceae. It was named and classified by Carolus Linnaeus in the 18th century to contain species native to most of Europe, Asia Minor and the Mediterranean. B. sempervirens has long been in cultivation and was the only significant species in the west until the late 19th century with introduction of B. microphylla from Japan.Lore:The wood of box is the hardest of all European woods, and its yellow coloring made it prized by the wood engraver for carving wood blocks from which the famous old botanical wood cut illustrations were made. It's also used to make mathematical instruments.
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