Growth Facts

Dwarf English Boxwood

Buxus sempervirens suffruticosa
The perfect evergreen edger for neat, formal landscapes.

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A neat, manicured landscape gives your home an elegant and well cared-for appearance. Friendly but formal, tidy front yards tell the world that you care about your neighborhood. Boxwoods are an essential part of that formal aesthetic; few Accents do what they do so well. With their tight growth habit, glossy evergreen foliage, and adaptable nature, these valuable Accents are tops at supplying structure and order to the garden. Dwarf English Boxwood is a compact selection that’s ideal for foundation plantings, low hedges, and border edging. Let it speak the language of plants to say that you take pride in your landscape!

Growth Facts

The Story

Native to the Mediterranean region as well as other parts of Europe, western Asia, and North Africa, English Boxwood, a.k.a. 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. This small, slow-growing version has truly stood the test of time—Dwarf English Boxwood has been around for hundreds of years!

The Details

Left to grow naturally, Dwarf English Boxwood will develop a cloudlike shape. You can prune to accentuate that look if you like. Most people shear this selection into boxes or balls, however—a practice for which Dwarf English Boxwood is supremely suited.

How to Grow

Dwarf English 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 Dwarf English Boxwood 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 plants as needed (once or twice a year) to keep their outline clean and crisp. The foliage has a tendency to turn bronzy orange when exposed to icy winter winds, so give EnglishCommon Boxwood a sheltered site if winters are severe in your area.

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