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This popular plant maintains its lush green foliage throughout the winter. There are many hybrid varieties and pyramidal forms. Boxwood has excellent deer resistance and weather hardiness. Explore our 9 best-classified selections of Boxwood varieties now.

Take Note About Our Boxwood Care Instructions

Boxwood Care Instructions / Boxwood Fertilizer
    • Plant in well-drained and amended soil.
    • Water well after planting; maintain one inch of water once a week for the first year.
    • Little pruning is needed.
    • Remove dead branches at any time.
    • When necessary, prune in spring to early summer.
    • Fertilize in early spring, mid-summer, and fall with an acidic boxwood fertilizer.
    • Mulch two inches to suppress weeds.

9 Most Popular Types of Boxwood Shrubs

9 Most Popular Types of Boxwood Shrubs

There are over 100 species, hybrids, and cultivars in the Buxus genus, varying in height, shape, growth rate, leaf size, heat tolerance, cold tolerance, lighting preferences, resistance to pests and diseases, and salt tolerance.

This article will mention the 9 most popular types of boxwood shrubs.

1. Green Gem Boxwood

Green Gem Boxwood

This option among small boxwood shrubs produces small leaves and tight growth, making it ideal for shearing. Additionally, it’s slow-growing enough that it shouldn’t require much pruning.

2. Green Velvet Boxwoods

It is a popular choice for creating topiaries. This hybrid is round-shaped. It holds up better than most to heat and humidity.

One of its parents, Korean boxwood, reportedly contributes hardiness to the hybrid. Remember that all boxwoods have shallow roots, so don’t dig around their bases. Instead, add mulch to help the soil retain moisture and protect those roots.

3. Dee Runk Boxwood

Dee Runk Boxwood

It is an excellent upright cultivar with a naturally vertical habit. With some pruning, it can take a tight conical shape.

Elegant, glossy-green foliage on a fast-growing privacy shrub, Dee Runk Boxwood has excellent cold hardiness, too!

4. Variegated Boxwood

It is a slow-growing shrub. The leaf centers are green; the margins turn white in spring, creamy in early summer, and light yellow in fall.

This type shows bright colors since white margins eventually change to yellow.

Boxwoods won’t tolerate poorly draining soils like clay. So, plant the shrubs with their root crowns slightly above ground level to help prevent the roots from rotting in such soil.

5. Common Boxwood or American Boxwood

Common Boxwood or American Boxwood

You are most likely to see this type in people’s landscapes. It has a slow growth rate and is suitable for hedges where you need good height (for privacy).

6. Green Tower Boxwood

It is the perfect evergreen hedge for tight spaces or to create a privacy screen. The green tower boxwood showcases their lustrous dark green leaves with a fancy lighter green underside.

7. Graham Blandy Boxwood

Graham Blandy Boxwood

Sometimes, the Graham Blandy boxwood can reach a height of up to 15 feet but a width of only about 2 feet. The columnar boxwood shape makes it ideal for any garden lacking slim evergreens.

The boxwood’s care is relatively easy, as it maintains its shape without much help.

And do you know the origin of this shrub’s name? It is named after Graham Furber Blandy (1868-1926), a New York stockbroker who willed 700 acres of his land to the University of Virginia to form the Blandy Experimental Farm, where this cultivar was discovered.

8. Pyramidal Boxwood

The pyramidal boxwood naturally forms a cone shape, wider at the base and tapering to the top. It does not require trimming to achieve this shape, making it a low-maintenance alternative.

9. Green Beauty Boxwood

An excellent evergreen shrub for trim hedges. It retains its dark green foliage in hot summers, becoming bronze-tinged in cold weather.

Well-suited to pruning into formal shapes. More heat, humidity, and drought tolerant than other boxwood varieties.

What to Plant in Front of Boxwoods

What To Plant In Front Of Boxwoods

Since boxwoods don’t have flowers, they can look dull without anything in front of them. If you are looking for beautiful plants to grow in front of your boxwoods, you are lucky! There are so many options.

Here’s a list of the best to plant in front of boxwoods:

  • Sweet Alyssum
  • Hydrangeas
  • Liriope Muscari
  • Lady’s Mantle
  • Astilbe
  • Periwinkle
  • Tulips
  • Azaleas
  • Lavender
  • Little Princess Spirea
  • Impatiens
  • Petunias


Boxwood Pruning

Remember that boxwood shrubs are adaptable to different soil types and climates.

This kind of plant suffers from root rot if they are overwatered or if the soil drains poorly.

Apply an all-purpose boxwood fertilizer in spring to promote foliar growth.

Pruning is essential to keep them healthy and free of dead or diseased twigs.

We hope you enjoyed our unique selection of 9 boxwood shrubs. Now, you have to pick the boxwood type and combine it with flowers to enhance the feel of your landscape.

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