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Wintergreen Boxwood

Buxus sinica var. japonica 'Wintergreen'

Wintergreen boxwood is an extremely cold hardy Boxwood with vivid green foliage that lasts through the winter months for endless color.

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Wintergreen Boxwood Shrubs for Sale Online

Wintergreen Boxwood (Buxus microphylla var. koreana 'Wintergreen') are evergreen shrubs beloved for their vivid green color, which endures even in the harshest winters. Not to mention these compact shrubs are ideal for a variety of topiary designs.

The new foliage in early spring is soft and brilliant light green, creating a two-tone effect against the more mature dark green foliage. Other boxwoods tend to turn bronze in winter but not this jewel of a boxwood.

Wintergreen Boxwoods are also great due to their slow-growing tendencies, allowing a pruned plant to keep its desirable shape with little upkeep necessary. This Korean boxwood cultivar is one of the best-selling and well-known boxwood varieties. Wintergreen Boxwood was selected for its cold hardiness and ease of care.

Ideal care for these easy-to-grow shrubs includes full sun and well-drained soil. However, this winter greens' hardy nature allows it to tolerate conditions of part shade and winter weather easily. The Wintergreen Boxwood produces the best results in growing zones 4-9.

Wintergreen boxwood adds a sense of permanence to the landscape, especially during the dormant period when other plants have lost their leaves and left you with nothing but bare branches. Common uses for these evergreen shrubs include use in foundation plantings or planted as home and path borders. Once you start planting these, you will see all the possibilities for further use in your landscape.


Growzone: 5-8 Wintergreen Boxwood Hardiness Zone 5-8
Hardiness Zone: 5-8
Mature Height: 4 to 5 Feet; less if trimmed
Mature Width: 4 to 5 Feet; less if trimmed
Classification: Evergreen shrub
Sunlight: Partial to full sun
Habit: Evergreen, dense foliage
Flower Color: Inconspicuous
Foliage: New growth emerges bright green changing to dark green
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established

How to Care for Wintergreen Boxwood

Be sure to read our planting instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come!

How do I plant Wintergreen Boxwoods?

How do I plant Wintergreen Boxwoods?

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Wintergreen Boxwood plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep.A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil.

They prefer evenly moist, well-drained soils, but once established they can tolerate just about any kind of soil. They are even fairly drought tolerant once established. Wintergreens seem to thrive on neglect so if your the type of gardener who likes to "set it and forget it" this is a great option for you.

How do I water Wintergreen Boxwood?

How do I water Wintergreen Boxwood?

After planting the Wintergreen Boxwood, give it a slow, deep watering. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. Gator bag Jr. can be used to help aid in this process and also provide plants with a good soaking due to the slow release of the water into the root-zone of the plant. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a long hedge.

How do I fertilize Wintergreen Boxwood?

How do I fertilize Wintergreen Boxwood?

Plants such as Wintergreen Boxwood grow best if they are fertilized once in the spring and again in early summer. Boxwood Wintergreen favors nutrient rich soil and ample fertilization. Wintergreen Boxwood benefits from an fertilizer which can help raise the acid level of the soil such as Holly-Tone by Espoma. When selecting a fertilizer for your Wintergreen Boxwood, if soil Ph is not an issue a simple balanced fertilizer can be used such as Tree-tone. Espoma products are easy to use, just sprinkle around the base of the plant and water it in. Be careful with products such as miracle-grow as these products can burn newly planted plants when not used at the recommended rates. Slow-release fertilizer can help prevent rapid sucker growth that is vulnerable to diseases and insects.

What type of mulch should I use on a Wintergreen Boxwood?

What type of mulch should I use on a Wintergreen Boxwood?

We highly recommend that you mulch your Wintergreen Boxwood with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. Its better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.


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