Growth Facts

Dee Runk Common Boxwood
Buxus sempervirens 'Dee Runk'
Atten-HUT! A military posture gives this special evergreen a striking appearance.

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Go vertical! Create some drama in your landscape with a quirky Accent that assumes an arrow-straight, super-slim outline. Dee Runk Boxwood is a perky plant for small, formal gardens or for intimate spaces within large properties. Clothed from head to toe in glossy, rounded, evergreen leaves, it makes a strong statement all year-round. Liven up a mixed border by incorporating Dee Runk as a striking solo specimen, or plant it in pairs for a satisfying, balanced look. One on each side of a door, gate, or bench will highlight the feature, while taking up hardly any room at all. Sensational!

Growth Facts

The Story

Native to the Mediterranean region as well as other parts of Europe, western Asia, and North Africa, Common Boxwood has long been woven into the history of human civilization. Its wood is very hard and has been used in making things like clarinets, tool handles, and chess pieces. As a garden plant, it has played a key role in defining what a formal garden should look like. Several columnar forms of Common Boxwood have arisen over the years. Many believe that Dee Runk is the best of its kind.

The Details

Dee Runk Common Boxwood naturally assumes a dense columnar shape, but you can shear it to produce an even more polished appearance if you like. If you start when the plant is young, you can also train it as a slender pyramid.

How to Grow

Dee Runk Common Boxwood is an easy-to-grow, adaptable plant that does well in all areas of the country except those that experience the most extreme temperatures (both hot and cold). It is a godsend in areas plagued by deer, as they shun it. Give Dee Runk full sun for the most compact growth, although it will grow well in quite a bit of shade, too. It has average water needs. Trim your plant as needed (once or twice a year) to keep its outline clean and crisp. The foliage has a tendency to turn bronzy orange when exposed to icy winter winds, so give Dee Runk Common Boxwood a sheltered site if winters are severe in your area.

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