Compact, Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa' (Boxwood) is a small, slow-growing, broadleaf evergreen shrub with soft and lush foliage of ovate, fairly glossy leaves, up to 1 in. long (2 cm). Tough, hardy and easy to grow, this dwarf Boxwood provides color year-round, as well as form, texture and contrast to its companion plants.
- Typically grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and wide 2-4 ft. wide (60-120 cm).
- Thrives in part shade to full shade in evenly moist, well-drained soils. While full shade is tolerated, the plant will not be as vigorous and its foliage not as dense. Full sun exposure may scorch the foliage. Boxwood can grow in a variety of soils as long as there is not too much sand or too much clay. Mulch should be added to reduce water evaporation and maintain moisture. While drought tolerant, Boxwood should always be watered during drought periods.
- Best sited in locations sheltered from strong winds, with, if possible, some protection from the full winter sun. Need protection against dry winter winds or full winter sun to prevent their foliage turning bronze.
- Deer and rabbit resistant!
- Very versatile, this plant is perfect for beds, borders, containers, formal gardens, Mediterranean gardens, topiary or foundation plantings. May be be clipped to a low formal hedge or used as groundcover. Perfect for small gardens!
- This plant grows slowly, so shear if desired. Pruning should occur after the last spring frost date, to avoid the new growth to be damaged or killed. Promote air circulation via removal of dead branches or thinning.
- Avoid cultivating around plants because they have shallow roots.
- Fall is the best time for boxwood planting and mulching, while winter is the ideal time for pruning, thinning, and protection.
Boxwoods are highly popular in the landscape for many reasons. Very versatile, they nicely complement beds or borders, serve as short or medium-sized hedges, draw attention to their geometrical dimensions, formalize gardens, partition or edge garden beds and serve as accent plants. There are hundreds of cultivars varying tremendously in size, shape, leaf characteristics, growth rates, and hardiness. Therefore, there is surely one for you!