Winter Gem Boxwood
Buxus sinica var. insularis 'Winter Gem'
The Winter Gem Boxwood is aptly named. As popular and lovely as they may be, most boxwood shrubs have a habit of having their shiny green foliage turn to a shade of bronze and even brown, during harsh winter months.
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The Winter Gem Boxwood is aptly named. As popular and lovely as they may be, most boxwood shrubs have a habit of having their shiny green foliage turn to a shade of bronze and even brown, during harsh winter months. The Winter Gem Boxwood is an exception, at least when planted in those regions where it is known to be hardy. It maintains its green coloration throughout the four seasons. Considered the classic evergreen shrub. Winter Gem Boxwood is the classic hedge plant. Its dense, evergreen growth makes it perfect for shearing into a small, formal hedge or privacy hedge. Ideal for "creating rooms" in the garden or for a sturdy foundation cover-up. Winter Gem Boxwood is especially lovely against red brick. Use as a partition to divide your front yard or driveway from your neighbor's. Also beautiful as backdrop for brighter plants. Boxwood Winter Gem is perfect for trimming into topiaries.
History and introduction:
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.