Buxus is a genus of roughly 70 species in the family Buxaceae. It is a versatile evergreen shrub that is widely used throughout gardens and landscaping for a variety of different purposes. The most common uses for a boxwood are:
 ● Planter features

 ● Hedges

 ● Topiaries

 ● Edging and borders

 ● Screens

Boxwood Collections:
U.S. National Arboretum - National Boxwood Collection

Missouri Botanical Garden - Boxwood Garden

NC State - JC Raulston Arboretum - Boxwood Collection

Longwood Gardens - Boxwood Collection

Proper Drainage for Boxwoods

Boxwood prefer well-drained soils. Take care to avoid areas where there is standing water, outlets for gutters or drains, or locations where soils stay consistently moist.

Soil Preparation for Boxwoods

Proper soil preparation is essential to ensure long term success with boxwood. Prepare soils by improving drainage, reducing compactions issues, and introducing up to 20% new soil nutrients and organic matter.

Planting Boxwoods

When planting, dig the hole twice (or more) as wide as the root ball and only deep enough that you will leave 2” of the root ball above the original soil surface. Backfill with soil onto the sides of the root ball and feather to the top of the root ball.

Irrigation for Boxwoods

Water thoroughly at the time of planting and completely wet entire root zone and surrounding area. Periodically water thereafter as needed (weekly). Deep, thorough waterings are better than daily light ones. Allow root zone to dry between waterings. Little to no supplemental water is needed 1-1⁄2 to 2 years after planting.

Mulching for Boxwoods

Mulch 1” after planting and 1⁄2” annually thereafter. Be sure mulch is aged or decomposing. Mulching is highly effective in boxwood blight mitigation.

Fertilization for Boxwoods

Boxwood typically do not need a lot of fertilizer. Avoid using fertilizers that lower pH below desired pH range of 6.5-7.0. Apply fertilizer at the drip line of the plant and on top of mulch.

Pruning for Boxwoods

Each cultivar requires differing pruning techniques. Prune in late winter to early spring to create good airflow in and around the plant and maintain desired shape. Clean tools before and after pruning.


Boxwood Shapes

Boxwood Hedges

Boxwoods in Planters

Boxwoods as Borders

Boxwood Focal Points

Supplies for Growing Boxwoods

Whether you need containers, soil or trowels, we've got the supplies you need to plant boxwoods in any area and keep them growing throughout the season. 

Soils for Boxwoods

Healthy soil is the key to healthy boxwoods! Healthy soil that is rich in organic material means healthy, disease resistant plants that require less watering and feeding.

Fertilizers for Boxwoods

One great way to ensure top quality growth results is to get the proper fertilizer.

Boxwood Containers

Great planter options for growing boxwoods on your deck, balcony, patio, or porch. If you are looking for indoor boxwood containers or outdoor boxwood planters, we've got you covered.

Boxwood Care Tools
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