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Green Gem Boxwood

Dwarf Boxwood

Green Gem boxwood grows into a lush mound of glossy green. One of the dwarf varieties, it can add a lot of texture to your garden. It naturally grows into a solid ball shape. While it can turn a little bronze in the winter, this evergreen shrub will add interest in your garden year round. The foliage is small and very dense.

It makes an excellent hedge or mass planting shrub. It is slow growing, and requires little maintenance. Some protection in the winter is not amiss to prevent damage. It is very hardy. If deer are a problem in your area, this plant is not very appetizing to them.

Landscaping Ideas

The Green Gem boxwood makes an excellent foundation plant near the house or along a fence line. It can be pruned into a lovely hedge, or used as a specimen or mass planting. It is suitable for formal or contemporary garden designs, and it looks great next to rhododendrons, peonies or roses.

It also contrasts nicely with St. John's wort. Perfect for edging the garden, an informal hedge or as a topiary or bonsai subject. Unless you are training it into a hedge or topiary, this plant requires very little maintenance.

Boxwood Care

This boxwood grows best in well drained soil that is moist in either full sun or part shade. If you have a sun-dappled area, it will thrive. It will tolerate some drought. While it will grow in dry soil, it much prefers moisture and a pH near the middle of the scale that is not too acidic or too alkaline. Shallow roots make cultivating around the plant difficult.

When you plant this shrub, add a good mulch around the base. It requires very little pruning, but be sure to remove any damaged or dead branches to keep up good air circulation. This plant does well in a sheltered location in cold regions. Be sure to remove snow accumulations to prevent damage to the branches.

Water them regularly to develop a good root system. Feed Green Gem boxwood plants in early spring with an all purpose fertilizer.

Boxwood Information

  • Scientific Name: Buxus x 'Green Gem'

  • Best Soil: Well-drained, moist soil

  • Light: sun to part shade

  • Growth Rate: Slow

  • Foilage: Dark green

  • Fall Color: Dark green

  • Bloom: Creamy colored tiny flowers in spring, hardly noticeable

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows up to 2 feet tall and wide; round growth habit

  • Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9

  • Plant Spacing: 2 feet apart for hedges

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