• American Boxwoods grown in patio pots
  • American boxwood as a tightly trimmed hedge
  • pyramidal shape of the common American boxwood Shrubs

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American Boxwood

Buxus sempervirens

It's no wonder American Boxwood has been a top choice of gardeners and landscapers for many years. They are easy to grow with dense foliage that can be kept trimmed into a clean natural privacy hedge.

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American Boxwoods for Sale

The American Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) is an evergreen shrub known for its glossy dark green leaves. This boxwood is quite tolerant of shearing and requires minimal care to maintain its shape.

You can choose to prune and shape the shrub to maintain a more manicured look, or you can let the boxwood grow free into a perfect pillar form!

Boxwood shrubs are a staple for foundational plantings and beloved for their clean, English Garden look when pruned. Given proper care and attention, American Boxwoods can live over 100 years bringing lasting beauty to your garden.

American Boxwoods are exceptionally resistant to boxwood blight and make an excellent choice for areas where the disease has been found. This boxwood is also drought tolerant, deer resistant, evergreen, and generally pest and disease-free.

The American Boxwood does best full sun to part shade and moist well-drained soils. Best grown in zones 5 through 9, this Boxwood shrub maintains glossy evergreen foliage all year long, even in negative temperatures. That is why you will often see Boxwood cuttings as part of holiday decorations.


Growzone: 5-9 American Boxwood Hardiness Zones 5-9
Hardiness Zone: 5-9
Mature Height: 10 to 12 Feet if untrimmed
Mature Width: 8 to 10 Feet if untrimmed
Classification: Evergreen shrub
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Habit: Upright
Flower Color: Inconspicuous
Foliage: Dark green
Soil Condition: Any well-drained soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established

How to Care for American Boxwood

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

How do I plant American Boxwoods?

How do I plant American Boxwoods?

We suggest when planting your newly purchased American 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. When planting boxwoods in a hedge, leave 3 feet between each plant.

How do I mulch American Boxwoods?

How do I mulch American Boxwoods?

We highly recommend that you mulch your American Boxwood Shrubs 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 Common Boxwood Shrubs.

How do I water American Boxwoods?

How do I water American Boxwoods?

After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the American Boxwood Shrubs a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. 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 American Boxwoods?

How do I fertilize American Boxwoods?

American Boxwood Shrubs grow best if they are fertilized once in the spring and again in early summer. American Boxwoods favors nutrient rich soil and ample fertilization. American Boxwood Shrubs 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 American 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.


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