Wintergreen Boxwood Shrubs

Buxus sinica var. japonica 'Wintergreen'

Growzone: 5-8

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This Plants Growzone: 5-8
Growing Zone: 4-9
Mature Height: 4 to 5 feet / less if trimmed
Mature Width: 4 to 5 feet / less if trimmed
Classification: Evergreen Shrub
Sunlight: Partial to Full Sun
Habit: Evergreen, dense foliage
Flower Color: Inconspicuous
Foliage: New growth emerges bright green changing to dark green
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established

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Wintergreen Boxwood Shrubs are 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. Sometimes called Winter Green Boxwood.


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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.


Planting Information

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Wintergreen Boxwood plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally occurring beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardeners best friend and can help guarantee your success.


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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.