Buxus sinica var. japonica 'Wintergreen'
Evergreen Wintergreen Boxwood
Wintergreen Boxwood is named appropriately. Even during the harshest of winters, Wintergreen holds its vivid green color. Other boxwoods tend to brown out or turn bronze color but not this jewel of a boxwood.
Wintergreen Boxwood Evergreen Buxus microphylla
Highly sought-after for use in both front yard and backyard landscapes, Wintergreen boxwood is a broad-leaved evergreen shrub that stays green all year long, even in the harshest of northern winters. One of the best and well-known varieties of boxwood today.
Wintergreen Boxwood or Buxus microphylla var. japonica Wintergreen if you like long names. Its a cultivar of Korean boxwood that was selected for its cold hardiness and ease of care.
The finely-textured, oval evergreen leaves are thick and dark green. They'll stay on the plant all winter long. New foliage in early spring is soft, and a brilliant light green which creates a two-tone effect.
Perhaps one of the best things about this durable plant is its adaptability to a variety of growing conditions. It tolerates everything from full sun to part shade. It is relatively pest and disease resistant. If planted in an area that stays constantly wet it can occasionally develop root rot so be sure to site it in a well-drained situation.
This excellent choice among boxwood maintains an upright form with little to no pruning. It is perfect for use as a foundation plant, a formal hedge, as an accent or specimen. Boxwoods also do well in containers on the patio or porch or pruned into various topiary shapes. Just choose your desired shape and start pruning.
Wintergreen boxwood responds well to pruning even in the mid-summer when most other plants would develop brown tips.
Korean type boxwoods in general only produce one flush of new growth per year so you won't find yourself constantly chasing the perfect shape all year.
Wintergreen boxwood is a tough evergreen that is ready to grace your home with the ability to fill any spot in your landscape from large areas where they can be planted en masse to a small corner that just needs that special something.
Wintergreen boxwood lends itself to adding a sense of permanence in the landscape especially during the dormant period when other plants have lost their leaves and left you with nothing but bare branches.
Wintergreen boxwoods are a perfect choice if you are looking to create an extremely low maintenance garden as well. This is a perfect workhorse plant that will provide much needed green color and structure to your landscaping throuought the year.
If a low hedge is needed in your landscape than once again this is the plant for you. boxwoods have been used for centuries to line walkways and frame entrances when placed in pots. In more recent years they have become the gold standard for lining driveways when just a low growing hedge is needed.
They can be planted in groups of three or five in the mixed border or simply planted singly to draw one's eye to a focal point. Once you start to use these you will find so many uses for them in the landscape.
Wintergreen Boxwoods will take full sun or partial shade across a wide range of hardiness zones. They appreciate dappled or part shade protection from the hot afternoon sun in the warmer growing zones. They have a nice, fibrous root system and transplant easily if you change your mind and need to move these. In fact, having moved many boxwoods, even some very old specimens, few plants are easier to move about the landscape.
They prefer evenly moist, well-drained soils, but once established they can tolerate just about any kind of soil. They are even fairly drought tolerant once established. Wintergreens seem to thrive on neglect so if your the type of gardener who likes to "set it and forget it" this is a great option for you.
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.