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CHOOSING CULTIVARS

The most important aspect in choosing boxwood cultivars is to select the cultivar that best suits your particular application. This will allow for better long term success of your planting and reduce the amount of care necessary. Consider use, height, width, exposure, drainage, and soil conditions. Check our Boxwood Care page for tips on planting.

 

SITE SELECTION

Well draining soil is the most important thing for boxwood success. Soil should be rich in microbes which will create the natural nutrient cycle slowly providing nitrogen plus the other 16 elements to the plants. The microbes and fungi will also protect the roots. See Boxwood Care section for more details.

 

ORDERING BOXWOOD

Please contact AJF Design to order our Organically Managed Boxwood.
Andrea Filippone - andrea@ajfdesign.com


AJF BOXWOOD NURSERY


 

CULTIVAR Overview


Boxwood Relative Sizes
Scroll down or click the image above to view details each cultivar. Click to download a pdf of this guide.


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dwarf


grace hendrick phillips
Buxus microphylla 'Grace Hendrick Phillips'

Low habit with great texture, great for dwarf hedge or knot garden

 

Zones 6-8
Exposure Part Shade to Shade
Size 3' wide x 1' tall when full grown
Color & Leaf Light Green
Growth Slow
Care  
Susceptible to  


 

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COMPACTA - Buxus microphylla 'Compacta'

Small and dense, beautiful specimen plant, good for bonsai

 

Zones 6-9
Exposure Full Sun to Part Shade
Size 3' wide x 1.5' tall when full grown
Color & Leaf Medium green
Growth Slow
Care  
Susceptible to  
 
   
Insularis 'nana' - Buxus sinca var. insularis 'Nana'

Feathery appearance, prefers shade

Plant in understory to prevent weak center from being damaged by snow loads

 

Zones 6 - 8
Exposure Part Shade to Shade
Size 3' wide x 1.5' tall when full grown
Color & Leaf Chartreuse
Growth Slow - Medium
Care  
Susceptible to  


 
   
Vardar Valley - Buxus sempervirens 'Vardar Valley'

Found by Edgar Anderson on his plant expedition to Macedonia in 1934.
This cultivar has very unique characteristics - beautiful bluish green color in the spring. Grows more horizontally than vertically

Great color, horizontal growth, rose like petals at end of branch, cold hardy

 

Zones 4 - 8
Exposure Full Sun to Shade
Size 4' wide x 2' tall when full grown
Color & Leaf Blue green, stays dark green year round,
rose like petals at end of branch
Growth Medium. Grows more horizontally than vertically
Care  
Susceptible to  
 

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medium


green mound - Buxus x Green Mound

Beautifully round, great natural shape does not need pruning, great for containers

 

Zones 4 - 8
Exposure Full Sun to Shade
Size 3' wide x 3' tall when full grown
Color & Leaf Medium green
Growth Medium
Care  
Susceptible to  


   
Justin Brouwers - Buxus sinca var. insularis 'Justin Brouwers'

Our favorite boxwood. Stays a nice dark green all winter. Great mounding habit – does not get over 24”. Good for low borders. Good substitute for English dwarf borders. Young plants may have brown tips in late winter. Not to worry, prune off.

Tiny leaves, low cloud-like effect, great for low hedges & as substitute for English. Dense, needs pruning. Not good in containers.

 

Zones 6 - 8
Exposure Full Sun to Shade
Size 4' wide x 3' tall when full grown
Color & Leaf Dark green, tiny leaves
Growth Medium
Care  
Susceptible to Leaf minor
 
   
newport blue - Buxus sempervirens 'Newport Blue'

Wonderful color, natural conical shape

 

Zones 5 - 8
Exposure Full Sun to Part Shade
Size 3' wide x 4' tall when full grown
Color & Leaf Dark blue/green
Growth Medium
Care  
Susceptible to  


 
   
Green Mountain - Buxus x Green Mountain

Great for hedges & topiary

 

Zones 4 - 8
Exposure Full Sun to Shade
Size 3' wide x 4' tall when full grown
Color & Leaf Medium green
Growth Fast
Care  
Susceptible to  


 

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large


rotundifolia - Buxus sempervirens 'Rotundifolia'

Cold hardy, large leaves, can get very tall

Amazing plant.  The largest shiny semi cupped leaves. If not pruned it could grow very tall and open habit. But pruned it can stay very round and nicely shaped.

 

Zones 5 - 8
Exposure Full Sun to Shade
Size 5' wide x 8' tall when full grown
Color & Leaf Shiny dark green, rounded leaves
Growth Fast
Care  
Susceptible to Mites


 
   
american - Buxus sempervirens (American)

Fast growing, wide and tall, good for topiary, great for tall hedges

Most common known boxwood that most people refer to as American but actually it is not indigenous to the US. It actually its origins are in the Balkans of Southeast Europe and the Caucasus that borders Russia and Europe.

 

Zones 5 - 8
Exposure Full Sun to Shade
Size 8' wide x 10' tall when full grown
Color & Leaf Very dark green color all year. Pointed leaves.
Growth The fastest growing. More upright. Can grow tall and wide
Care  
Susceptible to Leaf Minor, …….Mites


 

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upright


graham blandy - Buxus sempervirens 'Graham Blandy'

Italian cedar thin, needs some tying to maintain shape

 

Zones 6 - 8
Exposure Full Sun to Part Sun
Size 2' wide x 10' tall when full grown
Color & Leaf Medium green
Growth Medium
Needs some tying to prevent it from splaying outward
Care  
Susceptible to  


 
   
fastigiata - Buxus sempervirens 'Fastigiata'

Perfect upright cultivar, great for tall hedges

Keeps it's form vs. Graham Blandy that might splay out and need tying

 

Zones 6 - 8
Exposure Full Sun to Shade
Size 4' wide x 10' tall when full grown
Color & Leaf Stays very dark green, pointed leaves
Growth Medium - Fast
Care  
Susceptible to Psyllid


 

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NOT RECOMMENDED


ENGLISH - Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

Second most popular evergreen shrub. Not recommended

Most commonly referred to as English or Dwarf Boxwood. Although it is slow growing, it is not dwarf and can grow over 10’ tall after many many years. It is not indigenous to England but rather to Southeast Europe and Russia.

 

Zones 6 - 8
Exposure Part Sun to Shade
Size 4' wide x 4' tall when full grown
Color & Leaf Round leaves
Growth Very slow
Care Prefers to be in a shadier site and not in full sun.
Needs to be thinned to avoid fungal disease like Volutella
Susceptible to Volutella
 
 

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