Dwarf English Boxwood
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'
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Dwarf English Boxwood is so versatile that it can be combined with virtually any plant you choose. Often used to highlight features in gardens like statues or fountains, Dwarf English Boxwood creates striking borders with hardly any effort on your part as they are slow growing and require very little trimming.. They look fabulous lining a long walkway or outlining the border of your garden. Dwarf English Boxwood is a small, rounded shrub that forms tufts of growth resembling a cloud if unsheared. A true dwarf boxwood, Dwarf English Boxwood has proven to be the most popular Boxwood available. Dwarf English Boxwood is slow-growing and will reach up to two feet in height if left untrimmed, so you can tuck them in a tight spot with little fear of them becoming crowded. This allows them to maintain their shape and beauty for long periods of time without maintenance or clipping. This boxwood can grow in a multitude of different conditions- thriving in both sun and shade and requiring minimal water once established.
History and introduction of Boxwood:
Fossilized remains of Boxwood plants date back to over 22 million years ago. In 4000 B.C. Egyptians used clipped box hedges in their gardens, as did Emperor Augustus during his reign of the Roman empire in 27 BC-14 AD. Since those times there has been a rich documented history of the use of boxwood in the landscape. The first planting in the United States occurred about 1653 at Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island, the NW part of Long Island in New York, using boxwood brought over the Atlantic Ocean from Amsterdam. A Latin translation for Buxus is 'box'and the name may have been derived from its use to make small, finely carved boxes known in Greek as pyxos. Buxus is also Latin for flute; it is said that Roman gardener Pliny grew boxwoods for making musical instruments. Dating back to 4,000 BC, Egyptians used clipped box hedges in their gardens. In Britain, three burial sites of the Roman era featured coffins lined with sprays of evergreen box. During the reign of Emperor Augustus, villas were planted with boxwood hedging and topiary, and during the reign of Henry VII, it has been written that Tudor gardens featured clipped boxwood knot gardens with thrift or cotton lavender bordering them.