Dwarf English Boxwood
Dwarf English Boxwood
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'Item #1398 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8
A small, rounded evergreen shrub that forms tufts of growth resembling a cloud if left upruned. The slow growing, dwarf form is ideal for edging and borders along pathways or around flower beds. Well-suited for topiary and containers. Considered to be the most resistant to the boxwood leaf miner.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Slowly reaches 1 to 2 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:BUK-sus sem-per-VY-renzDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:Compact, RoundGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slowly reaches 1 to 2 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.Companion PlantsSpirea (Spiraea); Weigela (Weigela); Lilac (Syringa); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus); Coneflower (Echinacea); Gayfeather (Liatris)
- 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 periodically to shape.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreLore:A Latin translation for Buxus is 'box'and the name may have been derived from its use to make small, finely carved boxes known in Greek as pyxos. Buxus is also Latin for flute; it is said that Roman gardener Pliny grew Buxus for making musical instruments. Dating back to 4,000 BC, Egyptians used clipped box hedges in their gardens. In Britain, three burial sites of the Roman era featured coffins lined with sprays of evergreen box. During the reign of Emperor Augustus, villas were planted with boxwood hedging and topiary, and during the reign of Henry V11, it has been written that Tudor gardens featured clipped boxwood knot gardens with thrift or cotton lavender bordering them.