American Boxwood

Buxus sempervirens

Growzone: 5-9

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This Plants Growzone: 5-9
Growing Zone: 5 to 9
Mature Height: 10 to 12 Feet
Mature Width: 10 to 12 Feet
Classification: Evergreen Shrub
Sunlight: Full Sun to Part Shade
Habit: Upright
Flower Color Inconspicuous
Foliage Dark Green
Soil Condition Any well drained soil

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The American Boxwood has glossy evergreen foliage on an upright columnar plant.  This growth habit makes this shrub ideal for a narrow hedge or background planting in full sun or part shade. Quite tolerant of shearing this beauty requires minimal care to maintain its form.

American or Common Boxwood

  • Evergreen
  • Very Hardy
  • Easy to maintain shape
  • Dark Green Color
  • Fast Growing

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Full Description

American Boxwood | Buxus sempervirens


Drought tolerant, deer resistant, pest and disease free, and evergreen. These are all words that describe one of the best boxwoods for use as a large hedge. Its no wonder American Boxwood has been a top choice of gardeners and landscapers for many many years. It is a slow growing dense shrub with dark green leaves that reaches a mature height of 10-12 feet tall.

American boxwoods can easily be pruned to any height or shape you desire, which is why its an excellent choice for use as a topiary. This is not a fast growing boxwood so you won't have to worry about it getting ahead of you and outgrowing its home.

Since it can be pruned heavily it fits into about any space in the garden. It will eventually become quite large if left unpruned. American boxwood is a long-lived plant which makes an excellent choice for a tall hedge or foundation planting were a permanent plant is needed. Although its eventual height should be considered when choosing a location we think you'll be more than happy with its overall performance in even the smallest of gardens.

American Boxwood has long been a favorite for topiary use. Topiaries require a dense habit and the ability to grow well after shearing. They can also be very useful for defining a parking area or screening a garden room, American boxwoods are great at providing a background for bright flowering perennials or blooming shrubs. If you can dig a hole you can plant an American Boxwood.

Though American Boxwood will grow in full sun to full shade, it prefers dappled shade, especially in the hotter parts of the country. Full sun can scorch the leaves in summer, and full shade will make the plant leggy as it stretches for light. For the best growth, plant in moist but well-drained soil. American Boxwood will survive drought periods with no problem however its happiest with supplemental watering during establishment.

Mulch each year with bark or compost to protect its rather shallow root system and conserve water. Boxwood takes pruning well, but wait until after danger of frost in the late spring before cutting to avoid forcing new growth. The plants will stay dense to the ground if you leave the bottoms a little wider than the tops so the sun can reach the lower branches.

American Boxwoods can still be seen in the colonial gardens of Thomas Jeffersons at Monticello. It was popular in the gardens of Europe even earlier. American boxwoods were planted on many historic estates, and no true Victorian garden was complete without a planting of American boxwood! Its evergreen, dense foliage, slow growth and ability to live 75 to 100 years or more have kept it popular over the years.

No garden is complete without an American boxwood growing.


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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.