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Green Gem Boxwood

Buxus x 'Green Gem'

A small, lush mound of emerald green summer foliage with some bronzing in winter cold. Naturally oval form and dense foliage is perfect for low hedges and an excellent foundation plant. Protect from drying winter winds to prevent tip dieback. Evergreen.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical PronunciationBUK-sus
LoreBoxwood is so named because its very hard wood was valued in ancient times for making of boxes and small containers.
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing to 3 to 4 feet tall and as wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasThis small rounded boxwood can be treated as a topiary form to create perfect spheres in the garden. Allow to grow into its more natural form for a filler or to cover up the unsightly base of house wall or fence line. Can be grouped in a row for edging, informal hedge or partition in the garden.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary
Growth Habit9
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Hedge, Mass Planting
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDwarf Plant, Easy Care
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsBoxwood is an excellent companion for bold bloomers such as Pink Knock Out Rose, (Rosa x 'Radcon'), Dwarf Purple Rhododendron, (Rhododendron impeditum), Felix Supreme Peony, (Paeonia x 'Felix Supreme') and Sungold St. John's Wort, (Hypericum patulum 'Sungold').

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear periodically to shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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