The American Boxwood is a member of the family, Buxaceae. If you need reasons to include it in your garden, here are a few:
- It is an elegant shrub, which is quite attractive, even in its original shape as a billowy oval mound.
- This species, B. sempervirens, has been ever popular and was a part of Thomas Jefferson’s gardens.
- Its hardy and easy to maintain nature meant that it lent itself to Victorian gardens even before that.
- Dense foliage and slow growth combine to give a boxwood that can live up to be 75 and even 100 years old!
- Its glossy dark green foliage is all about good winter color that it brings to your garden.
- Small yellow flowers and equally tiny brown fruits add to its décor.
- Looks even more outstanding as an all-rounder specimen, if planted in an entryway, or planted in masses to cascade from over a hillside or a wall.
Genus – Buxus
Species – B. sempervirens
Zone – 5-9
Plant Height – 10 ft to 12 ft
Plant Width – 8 ft to 10 ft
Deciduous/Evergreen – Evergreen
Additional Characteristics – Easy to grow, Low maintenance, Hardy
Foliage Color – Shiny, Dark green
Light Requirements – Full/Partial
Moisture Requirements – Moderate
Resistance – Drought, Deer, Pests, Cold
Soil – Clay, Sandy, Loamy, Silt (Any soil type)