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Wintergreen Boxwood

Buxus sinica var. japonica 'Wintergreen'

Wintergreen boxwood is an extremely cold hardy Boxwood. It can be used in a casual or formal landscape. This evergreen shrub is deer resistant and looks great in decorative pots.

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Wintergreen Boxwood Shrubs (Buxus microphylla var. koreana 'Wintergreen'), also known as Winter Green Boxwood, is named appropriately. Even during the harshest of winters, this evergreen shrub holds its vivid green color. Other boxwoods tend to brown out or turn bronze color but not this jewel of a boxwood. This Korean boxwood cultivar is one of the best and well-known varieties of boxwood today, 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. 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.

Perhaps one of the best things about this durable plant is its adaptability to a variety of growing conditions. It 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. 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. 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.

This low maintenance boxwood maintains an upright form with little to no pruning. It is perfect for use en masse, 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.

If a low hedge is needed in your landscape then 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.


Hardiness Zone: 5-8
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
Growzone: 5-8 Wintergreen Boxwood Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Wintergreen Boxwood

Before you buy Wintergreen Boxwood Shrubs, make sure to read about the care instructions that are required and recommended to keep this plant healthy and thriving.

How do I plant Wintergreen Boxwoods?

How do I plant Wintergreen Boxwoods?

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. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep.A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil.

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.

How do I water Wintergreen Boxwood?

How do I water Wintergreen Boxwood?

After planting the Wintergreen Boxwood, give it a slow, deep watering. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. Gator bag Jr. can be used to help aid in this process and also provide plants with a good soaking due to the slow release of the water into the root-zone of the plant. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a long hedge.

How do I fertilize Wintergreen Boxwood?

How do I fertilize Wintergreen Boxwood?

Plants such as Wintergreen Boxwood grow best if they are fertilized once in the spring and again in early summer. Boxwood Wintergreen favors nutrient rich soil and ample fertilization. Wintergreen Boxwood benefits from an fertilizer which can help raise the acid level of the soil such as Holly-Tone by Espoma. When selecting a fertilizer for your Wintergreen Boxwood, if soil Ph is not an issue a simple balanced fertilizer can be used such as Tree-tone. Espoma products are easy to use, just sprinkle around the base of the plant and water it in. Be careful with products such as miracle-grow as these products can burn newly planted plants when not used at the recommended rates. Slow-release fertilizer can help prevent rapid sucker growth that is vulnerable to diseases and insects.

What type of mulch should I use on a Wintergreen Boxwood?

What type of mulch should I use on a Wintergreen Boxwood?

We highly recommend that you mulch your Wintergreen Boxwood with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. Its better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.


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