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Green Velvet Boxwood

Japanese Boxwood Shrub

Green Velvet boxwood is a bright green, round evergreen shrub with tiny leaves. It grows slowly, and makes a nice hedge or specimen plant. Tiny flowers appear in mid spring with a nice fragrance that attracts bees.

green velvet boxwood The dense foliage forms a natural round shape when left untrimmed. The foliage remains green all year long, though it may get a small amount of bronzing on the leaves in the winter.

Green Velvet boxwood is a cultivar derived from Korean boxwoods. This shrub is cold hardy down to -20 degrees Fahrenheit without major damage.

Landscape Ideas

This boxwood makes an excellent hedge plant. Single specimens can also be a delightful addition to the garden. They contrast well with any plant with larger foliage or upright or trailing growth habits. Boxwood never fails to give winter interest. This plant also works well as a bonsai or topiary specimen. The dense growth makes it easy to shape.

Boxwood Care

After planting in well-drained soil, water the Green Velvet boxwood regularly to get a good root system started. It does best in a sheltered spot where it is protected from strong winds and full sun. In the winter, remove heavy snow quickly to minimize damage to the plant.

Use a general purpose or time release fertilizer in spring before new growth begins.

If you are making a hedge or want a trim looking plant, shear it annually to maintain the shape. Pruning is easy to maintain. Remove any dead branches every year to improve the plant's air circulation.

Occasionally, inner branches may need thinning to allow for better air circulation. Green Velvet boxwood does well in shade, but is also tolerant of sun as long as it gets enough water. All in all this is a very low maintenance landscape plant. It does well in cooler climates.

There are no serious problems with insects or disease with boxwood. It may be susceptible to leaf spot or blight. Poorly drained soils may result in root rot. It is resistant to deer and rabbits.

Where to Buy Online

The folks over at Nature Hills carry this boxwood in 1,3 and 5 gallon pots.

Boxwood Information

  • Scientific Name: Buxus 'Green Velvet'

  • Best Soil: Moist, well-drained soil

  • Light: Sun dappled shade to full sun

  • Growth Rate: Moderate

  • Foilage: Green

  • Fall Color: Green with a bronze cast

  • Bloom: Tiny pale yellow flowers in the spring are almost unnoticeable except for the fragrance that attracts bees

  • Mature Size and Shape: Can grow to 3 to 4 feet tall and wide; round growth habit

  • Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9

  • Plant Spacing: Place plants 2.5 to 3 feet apart for hedges

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