• pruned English Boxwood Shrubs accenting their rounded growth habit
  • Dwarf English Boxwood shrub with green foliage used as landscape border planting
  • Light green foliage of the evergreen Dwarf English Boxwood shrubs
  • Dwarf English Boxwood shrub pruned to be border privacy hedge

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Dwarf English Boxwood

Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

The Dwarf English Boxwood is a small, evergreen shrub that adds a polished look to any landscape! New to landscaping? This low-maintenance, slow-growing, dwarf evergreen is ideal for you.

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Dwarf English Boxwood Shrubs for Sale Online

Dwarf English Boxwood Shrubs (Buxus sempervirens Suffruticosa) are small evergreen shrubs known for their compact shape and gorgeous, light-green leaves. English boxwoods can grow in just about any state in the country and are very easy to maintain.

Some highlight features of this broadleaf evergreen shrub are its resistance to blight and slow-growing tendencies. Additionally, this boxwood is cold-hardy and deer resistant! This dwarf shrub is extremely easy to keep up with on a pruning level, and as a bonus, its deep green foliage works with virtually any color palette you choose.

With their dense shape and lustrous foliage, the Dwarf Boxwoods create a sense of formality and cleanliness to a landscape. If left unpruned, the result is a shrub that forms tufts of growth resembling a cloud.

These shrubs are also soft to the touch and add texture to your space. The Dwarf English Boxwood plant can grow up to three feet in sunny or shady conditions and is naturally pest-resistant. Its leaves take on a bronze tone during winter, adding color to winter gardens, but green growth emerges again in the spring.

These true dwarf plants work great in a variety of landscape design projects, including use in foundation plantings and knot gardens, as well as for use in flower beds and formal gardens.  


Growzone: 5-8 Dwarf English Boxwood Hardiness Zone 5-8
Hardiness Zone: 5-8
Mature Height: 2 to 3 Feet
Mature Width: 2 to 3 Feet
Classification: Dwarf evergreen shrub
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Habit: Upright
Flower Color: Inconspicuous
Foliage: New growth emerges bright green changes to dark green as it matures
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil

How to Care for Dwarf English Boxwood

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

How do I water Dwarf English Boxwood Shrubs?

How do I water Dwarf English Boxwood Shrubs?

After planting the Dwarf English Boxwood, water deeply. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. Check new boxwoods daily for the first few weeks, and every other day thereafter. Drip irrigation or soaker hoses can be effective, especially when planting a long hedge. If watering by hand, aim water at the base of the plant instead of overhead watering. Water that persists on foliage, especially overnight, can lead to disease. For the first two summers with your boxwood, provide the plant with an inch of irrigation or precipitation a week. Allowing the root zone to dry between waterings will encourage root growth. During intense heat or times of drought, monitor your boxwoods closely for any signs of stress.

How do I fertilize Dwarf English Boxwoods?

How do I fertilize Dwarf English Boxwoods?

Dwarf Boxwood Shrubs grow best if they are fertilized once in the spring and again in early summer. Boxwoods favor nutrient-rich soil and ample fertilization. Dwarf English Boxwood shrubs benefit from a fertilizer that will help raise the acid level of soil conditions. We recommend using Espoma Holly-Tone. When selecting a fertilizer for your Dwarf English Boxwood, if soil Ph is not an issue, a 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.

How do I prune Dwarf English Boxwood?

How do I prune Dwarf English Boxwood?

To maintain boxwood in its most natural shape, we recommend thinning for an informal look. To thin, prune selected branches throughout the shrub to the main trunk, lateral branch, or a lateral bud. Do not hard prune any area where you want to achieve leaf growth, as they may not respond for a few years. Leave stubs or stripped branches alone until buds have formed where you want them and have made several sets of leaves. Watering well and misting the wood frequently can help Dwarf English Boxwood bud more quickly. At times, old and misshapen boxwoods are going to need some extra TLC. Renewal pruning of shrubs usually involves severe pruning. However, Dwarf Boxwoods often do not respond well to this. It may take several years for them to recover if they survive at all. Some experts say you should remove a third of the large branches each year over three years. Another method is to prune over two years. Branches should be cut on one side of the plant the first year, followed by the other half the second year.

How do I mulch Dwarf English Boxwoods?

How do I mulch Dwarf English Boxwoods?

We highly recommend that you mulch your Dwarf English Boxwood with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any mulch will do, but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they break down. Mulching helps to keep weeds away that 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 with mulch. It's better to leave a one-inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.


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