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Wintergreen Boxwood Shrub

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Once a weekFull sunDeer resistant
  • Year-Round Green Foliage: The Wintergreen Boxwood maintains its rich green color throughout the year, providing a constant display of beauty in all seasons.
  • Disease and Pest Resistant: This variety stands out for its resistance to common boxwood diseases and pests, ensuring a healthier and more robust garden presence.
  • Flexible Shaping and Sizing: Highly adaptable to pruning and shaping, the Wintergreen Boxwood is ideal for topiaries, hedges, or maintaining desired sizes and shapes in landscape designs.

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The Wintergreen Boxwood Shrub is a versatile and popular plant that is loved by gardeners for its bright green foliage and neat, compact growth habit. This evergreen shrub is easy to care for and can be used in a variety of landscape settings, from formal hedges to mixed borders. With proper care, the Wintergreen Boxwood Shrub will provide year-round interest and beauty to any garden.

Growth rate: Reaches a mature height of 2-4 ft and width of 3-5 ft

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Pruning: Prune as needed to maintain shape and
remove any dead or damaged branches.

Fertilization: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring before new growth appears.

Winter Protection: Mulch around the base of the plant to protect roots and cover with burlap if exposed to harsh winter winds.

Companion Plants: Pair with other evergreen shrubs or perennials with contrasting foliage or colorful blooms, such as Daylilies or Hydrangeas.

When planting Wintergreen Boxwood Shrub, select a location with well-draining soil and partial to full sun exposure for best growth. Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball and deep enough to accommodate the root ball. For container planting, use a container that is at least two times the size of the root ball and fill it with high-quality, well-draining potting mix. Add fertilizer to the soil before planting and water the plant regularly after planting until it becomes established. When planting in the ground, space each plant at least 3-4 feet apart to allow enough room for growth.

The Wintergreen Boxwood Shrub, prefers partial shade to full sun exposure and thrives in well-draining soil. It is important to water this shrub deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish a healthy root system. After that, water it as needed, ensuring that the soil stays evenly moist, but not waterlogged. It is important not to let the soil dry out completely between watering sessions.

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Zones 5-9

The Wintergreen Boxwood Shrub is hardy in USDA zones 5-9. It can withstand temperatures as low as -15°F (-26°C) and prefers cool to moderate temperatures. This shrub is generally considered to be a tough and resilient plant.

Frequently Asked Questions

Wintergreen Boxwoods typically grow to a mature height of about 2 to 4 feet and a similar spread of 2 to 4 feet. This compact and rounded growth habit makes them a popular choice for formal hedges, borders, and as foundation plantings in landscape design. They are valued for their evergreen foliage and their ability to maintain a dense, attractive shape with regular pruning.

Yes, Wintergreen Boxwoods can be kept small through regular pruning and trimming. They respond well to pruning, which makes them a popular choice for formal hedges, topiaries, and garden borders where maintaining a specific size or shape is desired. To keep them small:

Regular Pruning: Prune them annually or as needed to maintain the desired size. The best time for heavy pruning is late winter or early spring before new growth begins.

Light Trimming: For maintaining shape or size throughout the growing season, light trimming can be done. Avoid heavy pruning late in the season as this can stimulate new growth that may not harden off before winter.

Monitor Growth: Keep an eye on the growth rate and prune accordingly to control the size.

With proper care and regular pruning, Wintergreen Boxwoods can be effectively maintained at a smaller size to fit your landscaping needs.

When planting Wintergreen Boxwoods, the spacing depends on your intended use (e.g., single specimens, hedging). Here's a general guideline:

For Hedges: If you're planting them to form a hedge, space them about 2 to 3 feet apart. This allows the plants to grow together over time, forming a dense hedge, but also provides enough space for healthy root and foliage development.

As Individual Plants: If you're planting them as individual specimens, space them further apart, considering their mature width of about 2 to 4 feet. A spacing of 3 to 5 feet apart is ideal to give each plant enough room to reach its full size without overcrowding.

Remember, proper spacing is crucial for plant health, as overcrowded plants can suffer from poor air circulation and increased susceptibility to pests and diseases.

Choosing between Japanese Boxwood and Wintergreen Boxwood depends on your specific needs and conditions, as each has its own characteristics and advantages:

Climate Tolerance:
Japanese Boxwood: It is slightly less cold-hardy than Wintergreen Boxwood, making it a better choice for warmer climates. It generally does well in USDA zones 6 to 9.

Wintergreen Boxwood: This variety is more cold-hardy, suitable for USDA zones 4 to 9, making it a better option for areas with colder winters.

Growth Habit and Size:
Both varieties have a similar growth habit, forming dense, rounded shrubs. However, Wintergreen Boxwood tends to be slightly smaller, making it more suitable for compact spaces.

Leaf Color and Texture:
Japanese Boxwood: It has a darker green foliage, which some gardeners prefer for its richer color.

Wintergreen Boxwood: Known for its bright green leaves, especially in summer, and its leaves can have a slightly lighter green color compared to Japanese Boxwood.

Both varieties require similar care in terms of watering, sunlight, and pruning, but the Wintergreen variety might need more frequent pruning in colder climates to maintain its shape after winter dieback.

Disease Resistance:
Both can be susceptible to boxwood blight and other common boxwood diseases, but their resistance can vary slightly based on local conditions and care.

Ultimately, the choice between Japanese and Wintergreen Boxwood should be based on your climate, the specific look you are aiming for in your garden, and the size constraints of your planting area. Both are excellent choices for hedges, borders, and formal gardens.

The Wintergreen Boxwood is generally considered to be low to moderate in terms of maintenance. Here are some key aspects of its care:

Pruning: It requires regular pruning to maintain shape and encourage dense growth, especially if used in a formal hedge or topiary. However, its natural growth habit is relatively compact, which can reduce the frequency of needed trimming compared to some other hedge plants.

Watering: It needs regular watering, particularly during the first few years after planting and during periods of drought. Once established, it is relatively drought-tolerant.

Pest and Disease: While somewhat resistant to pests and diseases, it can be susceptible to issues like boxwood blight or leaf miners. Regular monitoring and preventive care can help manage these problems.

Soil and Fertilization: It prefers well-draining soil and benefits from occasional fertilization, especially in poorer soils.

Overall, while Wintergreen Boxwood requires some care to look its best, especially in terms of pruning and watering, it is not considered high maintenance compared to many other ornamental plants. Its ease of care is one reason for its popularity in landscaping.

Caring for the Wintergreen Boxwood involves a few key steps:

Sunlight: This plant prefers partial to full sun. It does best with at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight each day.

Watering: Water regularly, especially during the first few years after planting and during dry spells. The soil should be kept moist but not waterlogged. Once established, Wintergreen Boxwood is somewhat drought-tolerant.

Soil: Plant in well-draining soil. It can tolerate a range of soil types, but poor drainage can lead to root issues.

Fertilizing: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer formulated for shrubs in early spring. This will help promote healthy growth and lush foliage.

Pruning: Prune annually to shape the plant and encourage dense growth. The best time to prune is late winter or early spring before new growth starts. Regular pruning is especially important if you're using it for a hedge or formal shape.

Pest and Disease Management: Keep an eye out for common boxwood problems like leaf miners and boxwood blight. Treat promptly if you notice any signs of infestation or disease.

Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base to help retain soil moisture and regulate soil temperature.

Following these care guidelines will help ensure your Wintergreen Boxwood remains healthy and attractive.

The best place to plant Wintergreen Boxwoods is in an area that meets the following conditions:

Sunlight: Choose a location that receives partial to full sun. Wintergreen Boxwoods do well with at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight each day.

Soil: Plant in well-draining soil. While they can adapt to a range of soil types, they do not tolerate waterlogged conditions well.

Space: Consider the mature size of the plant (about 2 to 4 feet tall and wide) and allow enough room for growth. This is especially important if planting a hedge or grouping.

Protection: If you're in a region with harsh winter weather, choose a spot that offers some protection from strong winds and extreme cold, which can cause winter burn.

Accessibility: Plant them where you can easily access them for pruning and care, especially if you plan to shape them as hedges or topiaries.

By planting Wintergreen Boxwoods in a location that provides appropriate sunlight, soil conditions, and space, you can ensure their healthy growth and attractive appearance in your landscape.

If your Wintergreen Boxwood appears to be dying, several factors could be contributing to its decline:

Water Stress: Both overwatering and underwatering can lead to health issues. Overwatering can cause root rot, while underwatering, particularly during dry conditions, can lead to dehydration of the plant.

Soil Conditions: Poor drainage leading to waterlogged soil can be detrimental. Boxwoods need well-draining soil to prevent root diseases.

Pests and Diseases: Pests like boxwood blight, leaf miners, and root rot diseases can severely affect the health of the plant.

Environmental Stress: Extreme weather conditions, such as severe cold, heat, or prolonged drought, can stress Wintergreen Boxwoods. Winter burn from cold winds and sun scald can also damage the plant.

Nutrient Deficiency: Lack of essential nutrients can weaken the plant, making it more susceptible to pests and diseases.

Improper Pruning: Excessive or improper pruning can stress the plant and affect its health.

Chemical Damage: Exposure to herbicides or over-fertilization can cause chemical burn, leading to foliage damage and plant stress.

To address the issue, assess the plant's growing conditions, including soil moisture, drainage, and signs of pests or diseases. Correct any improper watering practices, improve soil conditions if necessary, treat for pests or diseases, and ensure the plant is protected from extreme environmental conditions. Proper care and adjustments can often help revive a struggling Wintergreen Boxwood.

Reviving a dying Wintergreen Boxwood involves addressing the underlying issues causing its decline. Here are steps to help revive the shrub:

Assess Watering: Check if the plant is either overwatered or underwatered. The soil should be moist, but not waterlogged. Adjust your watering schedule accordingly.

Improve Drainage: If the soil is not draining well, consider amending it with organic material, or if possible, replant the boxwood in a raised bed to improve drainage.

Check for Pests and Diseases: Inspect the shrub for signs of pests or diseases such as leaf miners or boxwood blight. Treat with appropriate pesticides or fungicides, following label instructions.

Prune Damaged Branches: Prune out any dead or severely damaged branches to promote new growth. Ensure to use clean, sharp pruning tools to prevent the spread of disease.

Fertilize Properly: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer formulated for shrubs. Do not over-fertilize, as this can further stress the plant.

Mulch: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the plant, avoiding direct contact with the stem. Mulch helps retain soil moisture and regulate temperature.

Protect from Extreme Elements: Provide protection from strong winds and extreme temperatures, particularly in winter, to prevent winter burn.

Be Patient: Recovery can take time. Continue to provide appropriate care and monitor the plant's progress.

By carefully addressing these factors, you can help your Wintergreen Boxwood recover. However, if the plant is severely damaged, recovery may not always be possible.

The best fertilizer for Wintergreen Boxwoods is a balanced, slow-release fertilizer formulated for shrubs and trees, particularly those in the evergreen family. Look for a fertilizer with an N-P-K ratio (Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium) that's balanced, such as 10-10-10 or 20-20-20.

Timing: Fertilize in early spring, just as the growing season begins. This timing allows the boxwood to utilize the nutrients during its active growth period.

Application: Follow the instructions on the fertilizer package for the correct application rate and method. Be cautious not to over-fertilize, as this can harm the plant.

Slow-Release Formula: Opt for a slow-release formula, as it provides nutrients over a longer period and minimizes the risk of root burn.

Using a suitable fertilizer and applying it correctly can support the health and growth of your Wintergreen Boxwood, ensuring it remains vibrant and robust.

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We have perfected packaging and shipping plants & trees! That is why we DO NOT use any third-party fulfillment like most other online retailers. Your trees go straight from our farm to your door, safely packaged by our team of seasoned professionals. Our process ensures your plants leave our facility and arrive to your door in the best condition possible!