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Buxus microphylla var. koreana 'Wintergreen'
Wintergreen Boxwood

$18.00 $23.40
This size 50 in stock Product ID: 218675

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CULTURAL CONDITIONS

Plant Min Zone: 4a

Plant Max Zone: 9b

Sunlight: Part Sun, Shade, Deep Shade

Water / Rainfall: Low, Average, High

Soil Quality: Poor, Average, Rich

FLOWERS AND FOLIAGE

Bloom Season: Insignificant

Flower Color: Insignificant

Berry / Fruit Color: None

Spring Foliage Color: Green, Yellowish Green

Summer Foliage Color: Dark Green

Fall Foliage Color: Dark Green

Evergreen Foliage: Yes

Winter Interest: Yes

Scented Flowers: Yes

PLANT TOLERANCES

Drought Tolerance: Medium, High

Wet-Feet Tolerance: Low

Humidity Tolerance: High

Wind Tolerance: Medium

Poor Soil Tolerance: Clay Soils, Rocky Soils, Sandy Soils

GROWTH AND MAINTENANCE

Height: 3' - 4'

Width: 3' - 4'

Growth Rate: Slow, Extremely Slow

Service Life: Very Long: 10-20 years

Maintenance Need: Almost Zero Maintenance

Spreading Potential: Low

Yearly Trimming Tips: Trim Evergreen Shrub Yearly in Spring or Summer to Desired Size: Not Grown for Flowers or Fruit.

PLANT USES AND LIMITATIONS

Plant Grouping Size: Specimen Planting of 1-3, Small Grouping of 3-5, Medium Grouping of 5-10

Best Side of House: South Exposure, East Exposure, North Exposure

Extreme Planting Locations: Root-Bound Soils Under Tree, Survives Severe Drought, Resistant to Rabbits

Ornamental Features: Other Features not listed

Special Landscape Uses: Hedge Row

Possible Pest Problems: Spider Mites, Root Rot Disease

Plant Limitations: May get Occasional Winter-kill, Needs Thick Winter Mulch, Slow to Reach Mature Size, Overused in the Landscape, May be Poisonous

Description

Boxwood (Buxus sp.) is a compact evergreen shrub with small round glossy green leaves. Originating in England and parts of Europe, there are many varieties ranging from small shrubs to small trees. Boxwood varieties grow rather slowly and lend themself excellently to being pruned into hedges as long as not too much is taken off at one time. After a plant achieves a certain height, you may keep it that size indefinitely with 3 to 4 times per year pruning. Boxwoods prefer part shade with rich to average well-drained soil and average moisture. Boxwoods planted in the full sun will survive but develop an burnt yellowish green color when temperatures exceed 100°F. This is usually a problem in zone 6 or further south as there are many better choices for full sun. (morning sun is okay) In zones 4-5, afternoon full sun is probably okay. Boxwoods are best known for their tolerance to dry shade even under root bound conditions. They will not survive more than a couple years under a roof overhang due to lack of moisture in the winter and spider mite problems. In the Eastern and Southeastern United States, Boxwoods have many problems including root rot, insect and disease issues. None of these are a problem in Kansas or Oklahoma with lower rainfall amounts and less humidity. In the landscape, yews offer a year-round structure. They definitely help provide a background for more interesting plants with colorful foliage and flowers. They are also very well known and used in formal garden designs. We prefer to see them less pruned and in their more natural state. Wintergreen Boxwood (Buxus microphylla var. koreana 'Wintergreen') has improved shinier light green spring foliage darkening by summer. Foliage maintains a "better" green in winter compared to other varieties. There is also no die back or twig blight problems like with Green Velvet Boxwood.

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