Buxus sempervirens American Boxwood
American boxwood are ubiquitous in the south and eastern seaboard of the US. Old, giant specimens are still found in the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. American boxwood has long been a favored evergreen. Use as a hedge, a screen, or as a specimen. Provide American (and all boxwood) with a rich organic soil and mulch to keep roots cool.
General boxwood culture:
Most Buxus require at least half day sun and will tolerate filtered light or part shade. Heavy shade will produce a more open habit with sparse foliage. Because of their shallow root system, boxwood enjoy average to evenly moist (slightly acidic) soils and protection from strong winter winds. The bronzing of boxwood can result from strong winter sun or drying winds. Most boxwood tolerate pruning, shearing and American boxwood is attractive when clouded. Pruning increases air circulation resulting in plants that are more resistant to pests and diseases. Never prune too close to the last spring frost date or near fall and winter cold. In spring if flushing happens after a pruning then new growth could burn in a cold period. In fall pruning late could expose stems to harsh winter weather.
- 10'h x 10'w
- Exposure: Full to Part Shade
- Hardiness Zones: 5-8
- Soil Type: Average