Dwarf English Boxwood
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'
Dwarf English Boxwood
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Dwarf English Boxwood Buxus sempervirens Suffruticosa
Dwarf English Boxwoods are a small evergreen shrub known for their gorgeous light-green leaves and round, make it easy to maintain a compact shape. English boxwood can grow in about any state in the country. The green foliage is reliably evergreen and adds an interesting texture to your landscape. English boxwoods are easily blended into any landscape due to their diminutive size.
English boxwoods are well known as slow-growing evergreens which means they don't get out of control. Boxwoods such as this dwarf boxwood put out one "growth spurt" per year. This means they keep their shape with little effort on the homeowners part. Simply prune them once in the early spring, and they'll stay that way until next year.
We've often heard customers say that dwarf English boxwood is a shrub that forms tufts of growth resembling cloud unsheared.
English boxwoods are popular among landscape designers throughout the world because they require little maintenance. The small rounded shrub looks great when surrounded by perennials or used as a green backdrop for smaller flowering shrubs, such as dwarf azaleas or drift roses.
Often used to frame statues or fountains in the garden these can be found in paintings of historic landscapes. Dwarf English Boxwoods can be used to create striking formal borders with hardly any effort on your part.
During the winter months, its leaves take on a bronze tone, adding color to winter gardens and another level of contrast when paired with other evergreens. Dwarf blue spruce or gold mop cypress are just two of the best companions for English boxwoods.
Buxus sempervirens suffruticosa is one of the most popular yet hard to find boxwoods available. It is one of the true dwarf boxwoods.
Dwarf English Boxwoods are relatively slow-growing and can reach up to three feet in height. This allows them to maintain their shape for long periods of time without pruning or shearing.
English boxwoods thrive in both full sun and shade. Because they exhibit great drought tolerance they require very little water once established. Naturally pest-resistant the only problem they occasionally see is a leaf miner or two. This is no big problem and very rarely need treatment.
Dwarf English boxwood is also one of the most deer resistant plants available today. This makes it a great choice for areas where there are heavy deer populations. Dwarf English Boxwoods are the unofficial plant of the royal knot gardens throuought the United Kingdom.
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.